Reflective learning presents some of the most powerful instructional opportunities in classrooms and workplaces. Its potency is in how it exercises multiple skills. We’re talking about the skills that make our students successful: critical thinking, personal responsibility, useful failure, adaptability, and more. Reflective learning questions are shared in the Debrief stage of Solution Fluency. It’s often overlooked, which is why we made it a crucial stage in the process.

When we debrief a project we reflect on everything. The process, the choices and discoveries we made, and what didn’t go quite as expected all come into play. It’s when we piece them all together into a learning experience—even one or more “Aha!” moments—that reflective learning becomes real.

How have they made us better? How can we apply them to other problems? What is their significance in the real world? Below is a list of 25 reflective learning questions that you and your students can use to debrief your next big projects. Critical thinking and bold learning moments await you.

25 Reflective Learning Questions

  1. Now that it’s over, what are your first thoughts about this overall project? Are they mostly positive or negative?
  2. If positive, what comes to mind specifically? Negative?
  3. What were some of the most interesting discoveries you made while working on this project? About the problem? About yourself? About others?
  4. Define some of your most challenging moments. What made them so?
  5. Define some of your most powerful learning moments. What made them so?
  6. What would you say is the most important thing you learned personally? As a team?
  7. How did you incorporate the 6Ds of Solution Fluency throughout this experience?
  8. What other Essential Fluencies did you use in your process, and how did you use them?
  9. How often did you need to revisit other stages of the 6Ds during your process?
  10. When did you realize that you had come up with your final best solution?
  11. How do you feel your solution relates to real-world situations and problems?
  12. What do you feel most got in the way of your progress, if anything?
  13. How well did you and your team communicate overall?
  14. When do you feel that your collaborative communications fell short of the group’s expectations, if ever?
  15. What were some things your teammates did that helped you to learn or overcome an obstacle?
  16. How did you help others during this process? How do you feel you may have hindered others?
  17. Were your milestones and goals mostly met, and how much did you deviate from them if any?
  18. What did you discover as being your greatest strengths? Your biggest weaknesses?
  19. What would you do differently if you were to approach the same problem again?
  20. What moments were you most proud of your efforts? Most disappointed?
  21. Do you feel confident that you could teach this process to someone else easily?
  22. What would you do differently from a personal standpoint the next time you work with the same group or a different one?
  23. If you could pick the most important thing you’d like to improve on, what would it be?
  24. How can you better support and encourage your teammates on future projects?
  25. How will you use what you’ve learned in the future?


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