Contributor: Tanya Lane from the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center
After attending the first session of the “Fostering Independence” workshop at First Literacy, I decided to use my classroom agenda and reflection activities more purposely. My goal was to help students—a mixed level beginner level ESOL class—take responsibility for their own learning. I started by being explicit about the word “reflection” and why we do it. I defined reflection as “thinking about class” and explained to students that reflection helps us to remember what we learn each class.