Reflection for the Future

Through reflection, students realize that mistakes are a part of growth and progress. This awareness frees students to explore without fear. Reflection builds learning and confidence.

Reflection is essential to growth. Each Mind Missions elementary social studies lesson includes time for reflection. As students review their Mind Mission experience, they give their learning new meaning. Connections are built between past and present problems. Students have the opportunity to process information and experiences for lasting comprehension. They can evaluate their teamwork skills and social emotional learning. (SEL) Learning comes about not by doing, but from thinking about what we do- Reflection Questions provide essential time to grow!

Further, reflection prompts are an opportunity to build communication and writing skills. Each lesson contains six writing prompts for reflection. Students are asked to reflect on their collaborative work and mission effectiveness. They write about personal connections to social studies learning. Reflection writing is essential for processing social studies learning.

Elementary social studies and language arts are integrated in Mind Missions learning. Students build skills for reading, writing, listening, and speaking through social studies texts, problem-based activities, and reflective writing. When students learn with Mind Missions, teachers don’t have to choose. Students develop knowledge and skills. They learn social studies and language arts. At the same time, students are engaged in fun, student-centered learning.

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”

John Dewey

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