Start of the semester reflection – Preempt the end of semester grade grubbing with a reflective lesson that challenges students to think about their behavior and what their goals are for the course.   Julia Phelps from Valencia College used the video “I am worried about my grade”  as a teaching tool to engage students in early semester self-reflection..   In her post, she writes that the exercise helped students think about how to be better students early in the semester.

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There are many ways to implement self-reflective exercises in class, you can have them watch the above video, respond to a quiz or create a discussion post. Whatever method you choose here are a few questions you can ask students:

  • Do I make time to visit my professor or a tutor when I am stuck on a question or do I skip the questions on which I am stuck?
  • How do I budget my time to study for multiple classes?
  • How do I keep track of assignments and their due dates?
  • What tools do I use to manage my time?
  • What are my goals for this course and how to I plan to achieve them?
  • Who is responsible for my success in this course? How will that success be achieved?

To help students grow, keep a record of their responses and have them repeat the exercise at the end of the semester and compare answers.