Becoming Reflective Students and Teachers With Portfolios by Scott G. Paris, Linda R. Ayres

By Scott G. Paris, Linda R. Ayres

This booklet info how lecturers can inspire scholars to evaluate their very own educational growth every day and improve serious pondering and examine abilities within the strategy. It explores how scholars can develop into reflective and self-regulated newcomers - and what it may possibly suggest to academics to turn into reflective types of existence- lengthy studying. The authors current the concept that of real overview, during which scholars actively review their very own studying in ways in which are significant (or actual) to their academic adventure. in keeping with a pilot venture in Michigan colleges, the authors speak about the coed portfolio of labor as an overview motor vehicle in addition to a bridge among college and residential. The textual content contains principles and recommendations for actions that offer either studying and review possibilities.

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Some students do not monitor their time and pace; most do not check their 36 I Becoming Reflective Students and Teachers answers. Recently, Michigan teachers gave fourth graders a statewide reading achievement test that included 17 pages of text and questions on the Roman Empire. It was an untimed test, and teachers reported that some students broke down in exasperation, some marked answers without looking back in the passage, and others spent several hours trying to figure out the answers. Was this a valid test of reading comprehension?

In addition to knowing these things about useful strategies for learning, self-regulated learners enact their plans; they fuse their motivational orientations with their knowledge, strategies, and intentions. They know how to make appropriate plans and choose strategies before they begin a task. They know that during a task they should periodically check their performance and possibly revise their strategies. Following task completion, self-regulated students review their work, evaluate their performance, and share their work with others.

For example, Asian students and their families are much more likely to view effort as fundamental to success than American students, who often see ability as more important (Stevenson Q Stigler, 1992). Self-regulated students are also less likely to blame others for their problems or credit luck for their successes. They understand that strategies and effort lead to success. Their attributions to controllable causes, such as particular strategies or persistence, are fundamental for maintaining their effort and feeling pride in their accomplishments (Weiner, 1992).

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