Successfully debriefing learning means having solid and meaningful reflective questions to use. No matter what you’re teaching, every learner can benefit from asking reflective questions at the end of their journey. We have a list of 15 here that are pretty much the only ones they’ll ever need.
In school, learning is debriefed for a number of reasons. These can include developing critical thinking skills, fostering lifelong learning mindsets, pinpointing areas for improvement, increasing self awareness, and more. So it’s very important to ask the best reflective questions possible as we debrief on products and processes.
All these reflective questions below are meant to be pondered deeply and discussed thoroughly. In a safe learning environment (like yours), the results will astound you and your learners.
15 Reflective Questions Every Learner Can Use
- Define some of your most challenging moments. What made them so?
- Define some of your most powerful learning moments. What made them so?
- What would you say is the most important thing you learned personally? As a team?
- When did you realize that you had come up with your final best solution?
- How do you feel your solution relates to real-world situations and problems?
- What do you feel most got in the way of your progress, if anything?
- How well did you and your team communicate overall?
- What were some things your teammates did that helped you to learn or overcome an obstacle?
- How did you help others during this process?
- Were your milestones and goals mostly met, and how much did you deviate from them if any?
- What did you discover as being your greatest strengths? Your biggest weaknesses?
- What would you do differently if you were to approach the same problem again?
- What would you do differently from a personal standpoint the next time you work with the same group or a different one?
- How can you better support and encourage your teammates on future projects?
- How will you use what you’ve learned in the future?