Contributed by:
Jennifer Eggert | Instructional Technology Coach | Bloomingdale, IL, USA

Student reflections

Student reflections
Best practices for using video to integrate student reflection throughout the learning process.
Student reflexion
Student reflexion
Student reflexion
Main objective

Each student will be able to think about, articulate and share a deep understanding of learning and self- through creating a video reflection.


Common Core Speaking & Listening Anchor Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
  • 2b: Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
  • 6c: Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
  • 6b: Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • 6d: Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
LET’S GET DEEP: Serious student metacognition!

Philosopher Edmund Burke said, “learning without reflection is like eating without digestion.” Learning and reflection are partners! Reflection involves students to take an active role in understanding their own thinking and learning. The process allows them to make sense out of previous, current, and future knowledge in addition to develop a strong sense of self- as learners and human beings.

#GOALS! Reflection, where students can think critically about their understanding to enhance meaning, helps students foster a growth mindset. The process involves powerful articulation, retrieval, synthesizing, forward planning, and self awareness. Don’t forget- reflection can take place before, during, or after an activity, unit, or time period. The benefits of student reflection go far beyond the classroom. After all, explicitly thinking about and expressing ideas through reflection is an important life skill!

Suggested Steps
(Teacher model)
  1. Open new video edit in WeVideo.
  2. Set up recording.
  3. Create reflection.
    • Introduce yourself!
    • State your purpose.
    • Talk through thinking.
      • Use thinking stems/questions (see Resources for reflection below)
    • Close with “Thank you.”
  4. Listen to the reflection.
(Teacher + students together)
  1. Play student or teacher example. Pause the screencast every time position or negative action is demonstrated.
  2. Ask for what students have noticed (volume, pacing, clarity, overall recording time, quality of thinking/depth, vocabulary, introduction, conclusion, evidence of understanding).
  3. Create a checklist or rubric so expectations are clear.
(Student work- teacher as facilitator)
  1. PRACTICE! Give students a sample task. Allow students to whisper practice their recording.
  2. Students CREATE reflection recording to share understanding!
  3. Encourage student listening and reflection after task is completed (SEE BELOW for reflection, formative assessment, or enrichment activity ideas).
  • Student reflexion


  • Student reflection hyperdoc– check out this document for even more information
  • Set up links for student access
  • Resources for reflection
    • Questions/sentence stems
    • Rubrics
    • Visible thinking strategies (from Harvard Project Zero)
  • Suggested: Student or teacher created sample to share and analyze with class before screencasting

Student: Recording device, headphones or earbuds