The “Tell Me About” prompt is my go-to special writing prompt. I will choose one and throw it out to the class when it seems appropriate, I’m curious about something, etc.
“Tell Me About…”
- What was your most challenging topic so far? What did you learn from it?
- How has your math experience been different this year? Based on your experiences this year, how will you approach math next year?
- (after several months of weekly journal prompts…) Look back at your first few journal entries? What do you notice?
- How has the group dynamic impacted your approach to math?
- What have you (or the class) done this year to impact your critical thinking or problem solving skills? How can you continue that improvement next year?
- How do you think you are adjusting to the difficulty level of the class so far?
- Is there anything I can do to help you be a better student next week?
- For you, what was the most impactful moment (intellectually, emotionally, etc.) of this class, and why?
I love this quote from “Mean Girls” – because it applies to both math and life. Find another quote from a movie/tv show/book that could be applied to both math and life. Explain why it has meaning to you.
This idea is so cool and so powerful – I’m adapting it to use with end of the year reflections with my classes:
What words of wisdom would you give to next year’s students?