Helping learners to reflect on ideas and experiences helps to capture the learning. They can think about how they win in sports and whether winning at any cost is appropriate. They can consider the idea of “courageous restraint” and how this applies to sports. For instance, this can lead to students reflecting on values such as respect, and then they can draw up guidelines and changes in team leadership. Or they can experience a poem in English class and reflect on where creativity comes from.

  • Learners can consider the concept of integrity in science after studying a scientific hoax and suggesting reasons why it was believed. This can lead to thinking about what happens when scientists lose people’s trust.
  • Learners can experience a Bible story retold in an anonymous way using figures without faces. They could reflect on what characters might be thinking and feeling.
  • In geography, learners can reflect on the idea that maps tell stories about people and places by making maps of their area and thinking about what they include on their maps. Any map they make will tell a story about the place they live and about them as map makers and what they value.

Engaging in activities such as these helps learners to reflect on ideas and experiences rather than letting them pass by in the busyness of a lesson.