Laura's excellent suggestions for ways to encourage student reflection on their
project work bring to mind another role for student reflection: helping us
assess what is working, and what isn't, in our technology-based teaching.
At Bank Street I used to watch teachers conduct group interviews with students
after a new teaching unit was over. They would ask students to critique the
unit, using questions a lot like Laura's. Students invariably had really clear
perspectives on the unit, pointing out things about the sequence of activities,
the resources used, etc., that the teachers and I had missed. Almost always,
their comments immediately suggested improvements. I really recommend trying
this out next time you end a somewhat 'experimental' unit. Your kids are a
GREAT source of data!