Reflective activities

Creative ways to do student introductions on your first week of classes.

Sailboat Retrospective for Reflection
Use this reflective activity to bring students together to talk about their experiences at the end of a project.
Maha Bali
Live, Love, Learn and Leave a Legacy
This is a reflective activity that can be done at the end of a semester to help students reflect on their achievements and progress.
Maha Bali
Roses, Thorns, and Buds 
This activity could be used as a warm-up or reflective activity at the end of a class.
Maha Bali
Decolonising Academic Writing through Spoken Word Poetry
This is a great reflective activity to get students thinking about their writing.
Jenna Goddard, Carolyn Ives
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Getting at Metaphor
This is a creative activity that allows students to deeply engage in fluid, dynamic and ambiguous thinking through metaphors.
Felecia Caton Garcia, Heather Wright
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Checking in with GIF, Emoji or Meme
A fun and quick way to check in or end a class with your students.
Maha Bali
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Ikigai: Help Students Find Their Purpose
This is a reflective activity that helps students to focus on their strengths and passions, and what they can do to make a positive impact on the world.
Maha Bali
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Ice Cream/Broccoli: Reflection on Enjoyment and Value
Use this activity to structure students' reflections at the end of class or semester.
Maha Bali
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Thick Greetings
Try out a slower and more deliberate opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves.
Maha Bali, Mia Zamora, Autumm Caines, Laura Gibbs, Rebecca J. Hogue
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Simple Metacognitive Activities
Some simple questions that can help students develop their metacognitive learning skills.
Maha Bali
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Tiny Demons/Drawing Monsters
Help people express and face their fears in a way that can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Lyse Edwards
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Start/Stop/Continue
Use this activity to help students to reflect on what's working for them and how to identify actions that can be taken to make improvements.
Maha Bali
Equity Unbound Activity
Gratitude Journal
Support students' wellbeing by suggesting a daily or periodic practice of gratitude, promote radical self-compassion.
Maha Bali, Nadine Aboulmagd, Hoda Mostafa, Azza Awwad
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Theatre of the Oppressed: Image Theatre
To invite students to use their bodies to represent, collaboratively, an image of something that is worth discussing.
Maha Bali, Alex Fink, Tina Pippin, Sarita Shukla
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Spiral Journal
Promote focus and reflection while allowing individuals to compose responses thoughtfully and calmly in writing.
Maha Bali, Mia Zamora
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Annotate the Syllabus
Annotating the syllabus helps learners to read, make sense of, question, and discuss their learning.
Remi Kalir