As teachers, many of us are (dare we admit it) addicted to sticky notes. The uses are endless and rarely a day goes by without recording something on sticky notes.
UPDATE . . .
After using the reflection document for one week with our 8th Language Arts students, we made a few tweaks to add features and reflections that were requested by the students. We were expecting major battle getting them to reflect, but they actually enjoy this! Don't get me wrong, it took about 3 days of direct instruction and full-class modeling and collaboration, but the quality is starting to show and the results on their learning are already present.
We worked with the students daily to get their feedback on the ease of use and functionality for their learning. We did end up tweaking a few of the sticky notes to better guide students to reflect deeply about their learning. Currently we are using the following sticky notes:
In the words of Super Educator Joe Marquez, "What we create for our classrooms does not belong to us, it belongs to education!" In his spirit, here are copies of the Sticky Note Reflection Docs we are currently using.
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Enjoy, and get creative!