The Lamp

A Holderness School journal committed to critical reflection and fostering conversation around issues connected to independent schools and education in general.

Yes, Students Can Keep Learning from Their Exams

Dr. Nicole Furlonge, Director of Teaching & Learning

This week, as we welcome our students back from Winter Break, many of us will begin the semester by returning mid-term exams and assessments – or by returning them and then quickly moving on from them. While students might feel there is not much purpose in reflecting on a summative, graded, reported on the transcript assessment, taking the time to reflect on such assessments can help students learn.

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Close Your Book to Learn Deeply

Dr. Nicole Furlonge, Director of Teaching & Learning

The Pichette Common Room is littered right now with textbooks, notebooks, handouts, stray papers -- all used in service of preparing for exams in the coming days. As it should be! But if you never step away from those materials and quiz yourself, you may have a harder time remembering all those theorems in Math, systems in the Sciences, declensions in Latin, and figurative language terms in English -- in the short-term and definitely in the long-term.

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Feedback | Grades & Comments

Dr. Nicole Furlonge, Director of Teaching & Learning

Over time, our aim is for our students to engage the feedback they receive -- whether in a comment, in a marginal note of an essay or lab report, in class during a discussion, in an audio recording responding to their language study, in a peer critique in their photography class, in the result a change in a line of code produces, or in a quarter or semester-end comment -- in more thoughtful, open, learning forward ways.

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Reflection

Dr. Nicole Furlonge, Director of Teaching & Learning

How do these reflection tools work for your students? What other tools or questions do you use in your classroom to prompt reflection?  In what other ways do you work with students to develop habits of reflection?

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