Ideas for Teacher Reflections for Literature

Piece of literature:

Facilitating Literature ideas for the activity:

Describe what students discovered from reading, viewing, and or listening to the story.

  • What did students already know that related to the story?
  • How did you diagnose this at the beginning of the lesson?
  • What convinced you your inferences were accurate?
  • What reasoning processes and strategies did the students use to understand and analyze the story?
  • How did you focus students’ attention on different attributes of the story?
  • What did students learn?
  • How did you make decisions that facilitated students' understandings of those ideas?
  • What evidence from the story was used to make conclusions and facilitate students' learning?
  • What ways were you able to push students to try new ideas to understand story elements, genre, and quality characteristics of a story?
  • What did you learn that is important for other teachers to know about helping students understand and critically analyze literature?
Describe how students represented their understanding.
  • What did students learn?
  • How did students organize and represent new ideas to understand story elements, genre, and quality characteristics of a story?
  • What did students do in the lesson to create these representations?
  • What evidence from the story was used to make them?
  • How did you help them focus on these ideas?
  • What did students say or do to convince them and you they understood the ideas(s)?
  • How did students generalize their representation to a story grammar or structure for later application?
  • What did students say or do to convince them and you they could apply or expand on idea(s)?
  • What did students say or do to convince themselves and you they were doing literature?
Attitudes of literature:
  • How did you encourage students to use attitudes that people find helpful when reading, listening, or viewing literature?
  • What did students say or do to convince themselves and you that they valued and/or enjoyed literature?
  • How did you create opportunities where students had a desire to communicate with you or other students what they learned?
  • How did you increase students understanding of what literature is, how it can be used, and a desire to use and value it in their world?
  • What did you learn that is important for other teachers to know about helping student increase their appreciation for literature?

Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes