When getting students to REACT to a task, it is also worth considering getting them to REACT to their own thought process and what they were thinking during the task. As the EEF asserts, metacognition / self-awareness of how students learn is a key factor for raising attainment.
Below is a series of questions that work as useful prompts to get students to reflect on this.
- How effective was your thinking today? Why?
- What were you thinking about during the task?
- What different strategies did you try? Which worked best?
- If you were going to think about the problem again, what might you do differently?
- How would you see your thinking changing next lesson?
- Which strategies worked? Why did they work?
- How else could you have thought about the problem? What might have been the result?
- Where did you get stuck today? Why did this happen?
- Do you think your thinking was challenged today? Why?
- Where did you get your ideas from?