27 October 2016

Reflecting Through Writing

If April is the cruellest month, then November must certainly be a month of reflection, of balancing the past year and slowly making those New Year resolutions to express in January.

Finding time to reflect is not always easy. In our busy lives, this is what seems to characterise us most today:

James & Evander – “Living the Dream” from Dissolve on Vimeo.

To reflect, one needs to give learners time and purpose. November is the month of writing, either fiction or non-fiction. Why not encourage learners to stop, to break away from the perpetual liking of digital chatter and actually write a reflection of their year?

Maria Popova wrote a beautiful reflection on her seven years of reading and writing - Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living and has this video about it, which is great to share with students:

7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living from Dissolve on Vimeo.

Even if you do not keep a class blog, there are options with other tools to share students' work digitally.

Atavist  is simple to use, with a choice of themes/layouts, and with its drag and drop, quite simple to add images, videos, sounds, maps and most anything learners wish to include in their reflection. 

Their reflection becomes their story, their personalised digital trace of another year which has gone by so quickly. 

And perhaps, through their writing, they may also reflect
on how essential it is to be in the moment, to find inspiration in their future plans and reflect on how best to achieve their goals for this academic year. 

Further Suggestions:

Writing - The Space Between

Life, Light, Action! Videos for Storytelling

Animating Stories

Blogging Platforms Around the Block

Learning Fractals with Stories and Video

Celebrating Writing in November

The Seven Most Important Things I Learned in Seven Years of Reading, Writing, and Living: A Cinematic Adaptation

Fun Fall Writing (Write About)