Reflection on the signs of Allah and His Ayat is repeatedly ordained in the Quran and the Sunnah. One of the signs of Allah is our ability to learn and retain knowledge. Reflecting on that not only increases awareness of Allah’s favours upon us, His mercy and guidance, but also increases our ability to learn more effectively. Every person is different and so is there learning style and experiences. Encouraging children to take time to reflect on what went well and did not go well in their learning experience and then talking to a teacher or a parent about their findings will help the child become conscious of effective learning strategies that work for them, which they can then apply in further learning and become quicker and more effective learners. According to the Education Endownment Foundation (EEF) pupils who are encouraged to reflect on their learning make ‘an average of eight months’ additional progress’.

Keeping a learning journal helps pupils achieve higher grades in maths, according to the Education Endowment Foundation

Pupils who reflect on and discuss their learning make better progress in maths than those who do not, a new study has found.
The study of 1,850 pupils in 30 primary schools, commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), tested a programme intended to develop pupils’ ability to think about their learning, assess their progress and set and monitor goals. Children then kept a record of their learning, using photographs, written notes and audio recordings.

They were encouraged to review these records regularly, and to discuss them with their teachers and classmates.The researchers found that the 10 year olds who took part in the study made additional progress in maths, compared with those pupils who did not take part.
However, they added that the study involved a relatively small number of pupils, and that further research would be required in order to determine whether a similar impact might be achieved by the programme in other schools.

Written by Tes member: Adi Bloom

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