I spend my drive home most days reflecting on how the day went-what I need to reteach, what lesson I need to mentally bookmark to use again and which I need to mentally trash because they were a disaster.
Reflection is really hard for kids. I use exit tickets often to force them not only to think about what they are learning and how they are learning it but also to learn how to articulate that. Even at the end of a lesson it's challenging for them to put into words what they have learned-much less at the end of the day.
This week my kiddos are going to sum up their whole year. I asked them to make a list of their favorite lessons, poems, books, words-what they enjoyed learning this year and we're making t-shirts. It's a slow process but I was really pleased with the outcome so far. One student made his into a recipe format-another made a really impressive list of words.