This is the part of the emails where I start talking in the first person and tell you all the cool things I did in my project “Happy Science” that exemplify this email’s subject area.
I’ve always cherished the end-of-project reflection times because it always helped me genuinely understand what my students learned during the project. My team teacher and I always introduced this concept called “philosophical math” during project reflections with an equation that translates to, “A positive experience or a negative experience plus reflection equals personal growth.” Normally I would write some reflection questions on posters or on the whiteboard to display around the room, so I knew I wanted to create a space for public reflection for my students in a virtual format. I ended up creating a Virtual Carousel Reflection by simply using Google Docs with tables (you’ll see this linked in the resources below).
I also asked the students to go deeper with their reflections by having them complete a reflective essay on three aspects of their learning from the project, and to complete a post-project evaluation of the online project itself so that I could use their feedback to help me design my next online project.