As the school year comes to a close, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on all the experiences and memories made over the past several months. Asking your students some simple yet thought-provoking questions can help them process their emotions, appreciate their accomplishments, and identify areas for growth. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of 10 reflection questions to ask your kids at the end of the year, ranging from choosing their favorite parts of the year to reflecting on lessons learned. Use these questions as a guide to facilitate meaningful conversations with your students and celebrate the end of another successful school year.
Questions for Student Reflection: Asking Their Opinions
1- What was your favorite thing, activity, or event that we did together this year?
I love this question for kids because it allows them to reflect on the positive aspects of the year, rather than just think about what went wrong. It can also be a great way to show appreciation for the things that have been accomplished over the past several months.
2 – What was the saddest/happiest/most frustrating/most surprising/etc. thing to happen this year?
Ask students to draw on their experiences during the school year to identify the particular actions or events that best describe these feelings. This allows them to gain a deeper understanding of how they’ve grown and changed as an individual over the last 12 months.
3 – Would you rather skip ahead 4 grades or repeat this grade 4 years in a row? Why?
It’s always nice to throw in a just for fun question and this one is a great one! The answer to this question will give insight into juuuust how fun your class was 😉 A fun extension of this would be to let students come up with their own would you rather questions about the last year in your classroom.
Questions for Student Reflection: Celebrate Achievements
4- What was your biggest challenge this year and how did you overcome it?
This question digs deep and challenges students to think critically about the struggles they faced this year and how they overcame them. It encourages them to reflect on their growth and progress, showing that even though it wasn’t easy, they still made it through in the end. You can use this to talk about grit and resilience, inspiring them to keep pushing through even when things get hard.
5 – What was your proudest moment this year?
This question is a great way to prompt students to think about what they achieved this year and make them feel proud of their accomplishments. It can also be used to assign end of the year awards. In a role reversal, what if students nominated themselves for awards? I have a trophy pack of awards here.
Questions for Student Reflection: Looking Inward
6 – What did you learn about yourself this year?
This question can be used to foster self-reflection and introspection. It encourages the student to think about how their experiences shaped their understanding of themselves and how they want to grow in the future. This is an important part of developing emotional intelligence, enabling them to better understand and regulate their emotions.
7 – What are three things you’ve learned this year that you feel will help you in the future?
What a phenomenal way to bridge learning from one grade to the next! This question allows the student to reflect on something concrete they can look back on and refer to in their future learning. It encourages them to identify the skills, knowledge or behaviors that will help them succeed into their next school year and beyond.
8 – If you could time travel to one memory from this school year, what would it be? Why?
9 – Name some ways you’ve changed on the inside and outside over the last year?
This question encourages students to reflect on how they have grown and matured over the last year in both tangible and intangible ways. It allows students to think about their emotional learning, as well as applicable skills that they’ve developed. For example, perhaps they’ve learned how to better regulate their emotions or manage difficult conversations with peers. They might also be able to talk about fun memories like losing teeth or celebrating the fact that they’ve grown taller! Bonus points for this one if you happen to have “first day of school” photos for each student. to compare!
9 – What do you think were your biggest strengths and weaknesses this year?
Identifying strengths and weaknesses can help students become more aware of their own capabilities and areas for improvement. Encouraging them to think deeply about what they have achieved or struggled with can also be beneficial in helping them plan ahead for the coming year.
This is an excellent opportunity to encourage reflection and critical thinking while still having fun! It’s also a great way to foster communication between teacher and student or even student and parents. A “fun” twist on this might be asking students to write a review of themselves for the school year! Incorporate this activity into your end of the year countdown mystery envelopes and you’l be set for the year!
In conclusion, reflecting on the past year can be a powerful tool for personal growth and development–and it can be really fun! By asking your kids these 10 reflection questions at the end of the year, you can help them process their experiences, celebrate their successes, and learn from their challenges. Encourage your kids to be honest, thoughtful, and open-minded in their responses, and use their answers as a starting point for setting goals and intentions for the year ahead. By fostering a culture of reflection and self-awareness in your family, you can help your kids cultivate valuable skills and habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.
You can check out the reflection prompts shown in this post here. This was one of my favorite ways to count down to summer with my students. I hope you enjoy!