If your children or students are asking about why they have to constantly hone their writing skills, it might be important to learn more about teaching kids about reflective writing and how important reflective writing is in the classroom. Once kids get into the habit of keeping a written record of their thoughts, ideas, and opinions, they won't want to stop!
After a busy classroom activity, send kids back to their desk to write about their experience
Point out any issues with their writing, and ask them about their opinions expressed in their writing. Encourage them to keep working on self expression and develop their writing skills. Challenge students who might be stuck in a rut with targeted questions and thought provoking comments on their papers.
Even young kids like writing assignments that have to do with reflective writing. Try to get them to practice writing outside of the classroom so that they know to formulate opinions both in and out of the classroom. Below are some age-appropriate ideas that will get kids thinking and writing outside of the classroom.
When students are motivated to write stories to share with the class, they might be more eager to share their day.
Motivate them to write using new vocabulary words by sending them home with a list of "awesome adjectives and adverbs" to use while describing their time with the class pet.
For older children, encourage them to write short reflective essays about the information they see on the nightly news or on public television.
For students who are reading a play or novel for school, ask them to keep a reflective journal and write about each scene or chapter. They do not have to summarize the events, but rather, reflect on them and describe their thoughts, experience, and ideas while reading and thinking about the plot and characters.
Ask them to share their journal entries with others. Instead of just teaching kids about reflective writing, you will also teach them to learn from the reflections of others, and you will also take pleasure in watching them proudly share their work with their peers.