For this PBL project there are several opportunities for reflection.
Research log/journal: The students will make daily journal entries using Penzu or the google doc template provided by their teacher; they will keep notes and reflect on what they have learned, sharing also their thoughts about their research and groupwork, and asking questions to their teacher. These journal entries are accessible by the teacher and he/she can provide immediate feedback.
End of week Discussions & reflection: Throughout the PBL project the teacher will gather the students at the end of each week for a class discussion. The students will be able to discuss the assignment, share their thoughts, ask any questions, provide help to other students and reflect on their research progress and the newly acquired knowledge.
Team Contracts (credit PBLworks): Students when placed in groups will sign group/team contracts. Throughout the project they should reflect on how well they fulfill this agreement.
Peer Evaluation of Essay: Students evaluate the essay of their peer groups using the rubric provided. This peer evaluation helps them develop lifelong skills in assessing and providing feedback to others, and also equips them with skills to self-assess and improve their own work. Each group will use this feedback to revise their essay before the submission to their teacher.
Peer Evaluation of Fair Exhibit: Students will also evaluate the exhibit of their peers using the relevant rubric. After evaluation, groups will have the ability to make corrections in order to improve their exhibit before the Fair Day and its evaluation by their teacher and the whole community (see below QR code voting). Through this activity students learn that constructive feedback can improve their own work and the work of others.
Students’ Self Reflection (credit PBLworks) at the end of the project: Students are invited to reflect on their completed project. Students can use this reflective writing to assess their educational experience, assimilate it, and make it relevant to their own needs. Their reflection should address the reflection questions assigned to them, as well as how the readings, assignments, and material in this project relate to their personal goals/needs. Also, based on their feedback the teacher will be able to improve the project.
Self & Peer Evaluation of Teamwork : At the end of the project, students will use this form to evaluate themselves and their team members for their group work. This activity helps students to evaluate themselves and others for their performance in order to improve it in the future. This feedback will be given anonymously to each group.
Teacher Feedback & Final Reflection: Throughout the project, the teacher will walk around and provide feedback to the students. Students will be invited to reflect upon and apply this input into their final products and presentations. The teacher will also provide final remarks on the project during the class discussion and reflection once the assignment is completed. He/she is also responsible for the ultimate appraisal of their work. Also, at the end of the project the teacher should consider what went well and what needs to be improved for the next time.