The high school phase is exciting and burdensome, yet, a stage where a lot of reflection is needed. From self-reflection to the one needed for learning better, asking a few questions to yourself might act as good learning for each young learner. During high school, due to the pressure of studies, one might feel way too overburdened with work and academics and develop a feeling of not being good at a particular subject or activity.
Ultimately, the student will form an aversion towards it and start avoiding it. Later, when they do not perform well in that subject or activity, they consider themselves “failures.” However, little do we understand that “failure” is a part of learning, and this is why reflection questions are so imperative and crucial.
Therefore, in this blog, we will navigate through some reflection questions and also talk about how these questions can help these young adults who are on their way to entering college in a few months.
Reflection questions to ask High School Students
While there can be many questions that can be crucial to be asked to a high schooler, a few reflective questions, when asked by parents and teachers, can help students understand volumes about themselves and their problems. A lot many times, the answer to why the problem persists also comes through these reflection questions. Hence here are a few reflection questions parents, educators, and teachers can ask young learners:
Reflection Questions for Learning
- Reflect on your thinking, learning, and work today. What were you most proud of?
- Where did you encounter struggles in today’s class and lesson, and what did you do to deal with them?
- What mistakes did you make on my last assignment that you did not make on today’s assignment?
- After today’s session and with the end of this lesson, what is frustrating you? How do you plan to deal with that frustration?
- What lessons were learned from failure today?
- What do you remember about what you learned today? Write down as many things as you can in 1 minute.
- Why do you believe we’re studying this objective?
- What are some things you did really well on this assignment?
- If you could do this assignment over, what would you do differently?
- How can you prove to the teacher you know the objective?
Reflection Questions for Future & Goals
- What would you like to learn more about this week?
- What are your learning goals for this month?
- Do you think you have the goals set for the next coming year?
- What problems do you hope you can solve this month/week?
- How can you take what you have learned and apply it to your own life?
- Do you often think about your dreams? Do you have a plan ready to work towards them?
- What are some of the potential obstacles you may face in chasing those dreams?
- What are some things you can do to overcome those obstacles?
- Have you started working on your dreams in life?
- What do you think about life after high school? How do you see it to be, and why?
Reflection Questions for Relationship
- Do you think you can share some learning from today’s class with your friends and family?
- Could you say something good about each one present in this class?
- Do you think you can develop better relationships with your peers?
- Do you think the adults in school can help you create a better relationship with your peers? How?
- Do you think you are good enough with your classmates for them to like you?
- Have you learned anything about friendships that you can implement in college?
- What are some things you do in the classroom that you worry might prevent others from learning?
- Do you often talk about your friends with your parents? Why and why not?
- What are some things your classmates do that prevent you from learning?
- Can you do anything to have better relations with someone that you want to?
Self- Reflection Questions for High Schoolers
- what are my first thoughts about this overall project? Are they mostly positive or negative?
- What were some of the most interesting discoveries I made while working on this project?
- Did I get to know my strengths and weaknesses during this week or month?
- What were some of my most powerful learning moments, and what made them so?
- Did I communicate well with my classmates and teachers?
- What are a few things that I did well to help my friends at school?
- What were my deeds of kindness this month?
- What did I learn were my greatest strengths?
- What are my biggest areas for improvement?
- Which of my efforts am I most proud of?
- What are a few qualities about myself that sets me apart from everyone else around me?
- What are the few things I could improve about myself?
- What did I learn this month that I never want to unlearn?
- How would I apply what I learned in school? With friends? With family? In the community? In my career?
- How did my involvement and participation in school this month fit into my broader goals for developing myself?
Reflection Questions: Are they really that beneficial?
Firstly, to start with, let’s explain with an example. Imagine that it is snowing outside, and you happen to go outdoors without any warm cloth. It is obvious that you will feel cold, and catch a cold and end up sneezing and coughing. Then, when you REFLECT on this and ask yourself, what did I do wrong, you will understand that while going out in the snowy weather next time, you need to be fully covered. Hence, with a reflective question, and a thought in mind, you will learn volumes.
Some might feel overwhelmed to be asked questions, teachers can also ask these questions as questions of the day after the classes. While this can be a time-consuming practice, but without reflection, the actual learning might not occur very facilely. While the teachers also have targets of completing the curriculum, it also becomes crucial for the teachers to keep up with the students as to what they have learned, how much they have learnt, and what can help them better. Hence, learning questions can help these students in these areas.
John Dewey, an American philosopher, once rightly said, “We don’t learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” This means that experience is undoubtedly crucial for one’s learning and development. However, the importance of reflection in the learning process cannot be underestimated as children tend to learn more about themselves and how they can perform better, especially in the high school, through some reflection questions.