Journal writing with confidence reflection
How can a student be encouraged to evaluate and re-evaluate their own knowledge? This act of self-reflection is an essential element in the learning process, but too often students move on too quickly without proper consideration of either their own understanding, or of the value of the theories and facts that they are studying. This pattern describes one technique that may encourage such reflections.
- The student writes a short text recording a fact or theory dealt with in a lecture, seminar, or reading;
- The student rates their confidence in that knowledge from one (low) to 5 (high);
- Over the next few sessions the student is prompted to reconsider what they have recorded;
- The student writes similar such confidence-rated recordings of aspects of their learning;
- The student (and others) can view a list of these confidence-based rated texts;
- The list can be sorted to show the most confident entry at the top, and the least confident entry at the bottom (or vice versa);
- The student can do more work on low confidence rated entries;
- The student can return to a low-confidence-rated text and modify it;
- The student can modify the confidence rating of a text, moving it up or down the list;
- When a confidence rating is changed, the student is asked to give a reason.