One really amazing example Ewan shared was from upper primary students from Brixton in London. These students were being coached to always be able to answer 3 simple questions;
- Where have you been (in your learning)
- Where are you now
- Where are you going
This type of self-awareness scores highly on Hattie’s effect sizes. The beautiful thing about the example was however, that the students were keeping an online journal / diary of these reflections that was open to the other students in their class. Ewan saw some students looking at other students diaries, and so he asked them
“What are you guys doing?”
“We are just looking at learning” they replied. These students were attempting to work out how some of the other students were learning better than they were.
This was a real eye opener for me about the power of enabling students to share their ‘aha’ moments.