- What did you learn about history?
- How did you try to overcome any challenges this term?
- Does your letter grade [visible to students online] seem appropriate?
Nearly everybody provided phenomenally thoughtful responses. These reflections took much longer than I expected to score. I had planned to zoom through reading them (because of all my other work this week), but the content inspired me to type several sentences of comments for each student. I also took excerpts from many students' pieces, and will share some of them here.
I did not directly ask them to write about the flipped classroom experience; most of the quoted comments were in their answers to question 2 about challenges they had this year. Perhaps some kids were BSing me and just writing what they thought I wanted to hear. (If so, well done kids. That is a valuable life skill.) However they really seem sincere.
Of course, not all of the reflections were this insightful all the way through, but even getting validated by a few students' paragraphs was extremely valuable for me. October and November were difficult months in various ways for many students, and it means so much to see these students crawl through to the other side and proudly look back on their own improvement.
The reflection excerpts below (from 3 different students) might be my favorites. These 13-year-olds sound older than their age, and if I had any part in helping them to gain these healthy attitudes toward perseverance and learning, then I can feel successful.