Webinar: How to Leverage the Reflect and Reinforce Phases in Your Classroom

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Laura here with the customer success team at AES. Today's session is part two of the four phases, and we'll cover the Reflect and Reinforce phases and how to use them in your classroom.

Looking for Part 1 of this series? Check it out here: How to Leverage the Explore and Learn & Practice Phases

What Are the Four Phases?

In general, the four phases are a combination of all of the materials that we have, but broken out into four different phases:

  1. The Explore Phase
  2. The Learn & Practice Phase
  3. The Reflect Phase
  4. The Reinforce Phase

And these are a combination of lecture materials, hands-on activities, and projects that you can do in a traditional classroom setting and additional eLearning lessons, which is really the meat of what we have to offer.

Within the Catalog in the top-right corner of your screen, you have access to all of the modules that we have to offer within HealthCenter21 and Business&ITCenter21.

If we pull up an individual module within a template, we'll find all four phases located in the module laid out from Explore down to Reinforce.

Today we'll be covering the Reflect phase and the Reinforce phase. We'll discuss how you can use those within your classroom, what is found within them, and we're going to take a look at some examples.

What Is the Reflect Phase?

The Reflect phase includes teacher-led activities, and those activities are going to look very similar throughout each module.

These activities are going to review and connect key ideas found in the Learn & Practice phase.

They really let the students reflect upon the ideas and concepts that they learned in those eLearning lessons and activities.

The Reflect phase activities are typically short essay prompts that you can use in a variety of different ways.

What Does the Reflect Phase Include?

The Reflect phase typically only includes teacher resources, and this is just the lesson plan that's going to have those short answer essays that you can use with your students.

So let's take a look at some examples of what some of these short essays might look like.

Let's pull up something from HealthCenter21. We'll view the Healthcare Systems module. Under the Reflect phase within this module, you'll find the lesson plan:


And you'll notice that within this PDF lesson plan, there are four questions that you can use with your students. There are typically four to five reflection questions - it'll vary depending on the module content.

If we look at a business one, we'll notice that it looks relatively similar and it has the same structure, with four to five questions here:


How to Use the Reflect Phase Activities In Your Classroom

We have six recommendations to help you use the Reflect phase.

One way that you can use them, and really how they were originally intended to be used, is for journal entries for students.

So you can have your students fill out a notebook or an electronic journal. At the end of every module, have them answer those four to five questions in the Reflect phase.

And then, at the end of the semester, they can hand in that journal, and you'll give them a grade for it or you could also do progress grades throughout the semester.

Another way that you can use these questions is to make them essay questions for an assessment.

So you would give the students these questions and then they would hand in their answers to you.

Then you average that into the grade for whatever assessment you would like to use that for - whether it's a quiz, test, mid-term, or final exam.

The third way that you can use these within your classroom is with a class discussion. So you could put this question on the board and then your entire class participates in a class discussion. This works great if you're in the classroom.

The fourth way you can use these activities is to start an online discussion board. 

You can post the questions in a discussion board where students can interact, answer the question, and comment on each other's responses. This is a great option if you are remote right now.

You can also use these questions as optional extra credit activities. I've seen several teachers do this and it works great for them.

They'll give the students the questions and then the option to answer them and hand them in for 10 points of extra credit.

And then last, but certainly not least, is our recommendation to make it your own! You can use these questions for what you think is going to work best for your classroom.

You can use these anywhere - you can share them with other teachers, or you can even modify the questions to talk about a different topic.

What Is the Reinforce Phase?

The Reinforce phase contains student-directed activities and projects. Within these projects, you're going to be covering additional standards that might not be covered in the Learn & Practice phase.

So if you're looking for something specific, and you don't see it covered within the eLearning lessons, that standard or requirement might be covered in the Reinforce phase activities.

These projects are also going to cover some academic skills. For research projects, students will need to conduct research and in some cases cite their sources.

You're also going to find areas that include presentation skills, writing skills, and citing skills. All of these things are going to be covered for academic skills within these projects.

What's Included in the Reinforce Phase?

The resources in the Reinforce phase are going to vary quite a bit from project to project, based on the topic of that project and the actual activity that students will be completing in that project.

Typically you'll see both teacher and student resources, and there's almost always going to be a lesson plan for teachers to really see how the project is going to work with students. The student resources are really going to vary depending on the project.

For example, in the image below, we have one that has just one student resource, which is a form and then we have a current event that has multiple resources, including a sample answer for teachers to use to grade the project.


One standard Reinforce project that you'll see in most modules is a current event, which is going to look fairly similar within each Reinforce phase of every module.

That current event project is always going to come with a sample answer, but the other Reinforce projects are going to be a little bit different depending on the project itself.

They could be presentations, they could be role-playing activities, they could require students to create a poster, or they could be research projects.

For example, in the Digital Citizenship module, the Ethical Issues with Intellectual Property Rights is a research project where they will go forth and research the topic to learn more. 

And this is where these projects can help with covering additional standards because they're going out of the system and then learning things on their own.

So they're reinforcing what they have learned within the module.

Let's look at a health science example - we'll pull up the Medical Terminology module and scroll down into the Reinforce phase.

Another example of an activity is a crossword puzzle. For medical terminology, we find this very fitting because the students are going to need to know what all those terms are and a crossword puzzle is definitely going to help them practice those terms.


How to Use the Reinforce Phase In Your Classroom

So how can you use all of these reinforce activities within your classroom? We have five suggestions for you.

Before we get started, I want to remind you that you don't have to use every single reinforce activity.

Some modules will have a variety of activities that you need to choose from. So you can use one or two or optionally use all of them.

But typically, you're just going to pick one or two that will work the best for your classroom and really dig into what you think your students need to know.

One way you can use these activities within the classroom is in conjunction with the Learn & Practice phase. Instead of just having your students go through unit after unit after unit.

Take a look at those reinforce activities and see which one is going to work with the unit that your students just completed and have them break it up a little bit by doing a project in between those eLearning lessons.

You can optionally have your students do these projects as classroom activities. You can assign them to do the eLearning lessons at home, and then you have them in the classroom work on some projects and interact with other students.

Or you could do your lecture and eLearning lessons within the classroom and then do projects at home for homework.

Another suggestion is to mix up how you assign the projects. Each project is going to be a little bit different, and some projects are going to be applicable for individuals, small groups, or a whole class.

That's going to be up to you on how you want to structure that project. I typically recommend a mix of all of them.

So, for example, that crossword puzzles that we saw is clearly an individual activity where each student would have their own chance on it.

But some of the presentations or projects where they create a poster that might be a great small group activity.

Whereas maybe the current events you could do as a whole class and each student will present their idea and write a short sentence on it.

And last but once again, certainly not least, make these projects your own. If you're teaching remotely, spin them so they work in a remote atmosphere.

You can take one project idea and use it for an entirely different module. You can embellish on it, or you can make it simpler than what it is within AES. So once you download the resources, I encourage you to make it your own based on how it's going to fit best for your classroom.

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