It’s that time of the year again when things are wrapping up and you want to give students some time to reflect upon their school year.
Asking them some good reflection questions through a writing activity is a good idea.
Why use self-reflection questions with students at the end of the school year?
Self-reflection questions prompt students to take a look inward in order to gain some understanding of themselves.
Students have time to think about lessons learned this school year plus ponder what improvements they plan to make moving forward.
What’s more, end-of-year reflection questions for students serve as review questions which allow teachers to informally evaluate students’ progress.
Asking learners to respond to a few of these end-of-year reflection questions works well also as a growth mindset activity.
So pencil in a few of these end-of-year reflection questions for students into your lesson plan this week.
End-of-Year Reflection Questions
1. What activity or event from the school year would you like to repeat at the end of the school year and why?
2. Which class rewards did you respond to best? Why?
3. Reflecting on the school year, write about your favorite memory. What made it so memorable?
4. What is one moment you’re proud of?
5. Of all the books you read this year, which one impacted you the most and why?
6. What was your favorite field trip? Why?
7. If you knew then what you know now, what would you go back and tell yourself on the first day of school?
8. What does it mean when the teacher says that reading is thinking?
9. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = the worst), how would you rate how well you performed your classroom job this year?
10. Which school event did you enjoy most? Explain.
11. Do you enjoy fiction or nonfiction books better? Share reasons why.
12. What is an event or activity from this school year that you will remember for the rest of your life?
13. Which area of the school is your favorite? Why?
14. Now that you have become a better reader, what are some things that you know good readers always do as they are read?
15. What factors were involved in you reaching your S.M.A.R.T goals this school year?
16. How would you compare the amount of effort you put in at the beginning of the year versus the end of the year?
17. Which subject did you enjoy the most? Why?
18. What are the elements of a good piece of writing? Explain.
19. In which subject area have you improved the most?
20. How did you show kindness to your peers?
21. What made this school year challenging? What strategies did you utilize in order to cope with or overcome those challenges?
22. In what ways could this school year have been better?
23. Which science and/or social studies topics inspired you to do further research?
24. What qualities or characteristics make you a good friend?
25. Thinking about the best piece of writing you published, what qualities made that piece so good?
26. What type of teacher feedback was most helpful to you?
27. Who at the school has been the greatest influence in reaching your achievements?
28. What are some talents that you discovered you had?
29. If you could go back to the first day of school, what would you tell yourself about what to expect this school year?
30. What are three skills that you now realize you are really good at performing?
31. In five years, where do you plan to be in regard to your academic goals?
32. How did the teacher make learning exciting or engaging?
33. What are three things that you learned this year that you didn’t know at the start of the year?
34. Which incentives motivate you to put forth your best effort?
35. When is the moment that you realized that you are capable of doing more? Describe that moment.
36. What was your favorite school event? Tell about it.
37. Which assessments were most beneficial to you in tracking your academic progress?
38. What specific study strategies helped you to progress?
39. What advice would you give to a student moving to your grade level next year?
40. Would you rather take a test or write an essay? Explain.
41. Brainstorm 3 to 5 good end-of-year reflection questions that you would like to answer later in your journal.
42. Who inspired you the most? Explain.
43. What has been your biggest accomplishment this year?
44. Of all the new skills and lessons you learned this school year, which do you feel are most essential to leading a productive life? Explain.
45. What could have been a better way to resolve a conflict that you encountered this year?
46. In which academic or social areas do you still need improvement?
47. What 10 adjectives would you use to describe this school year? Give an example.
48. Why is it important for children and adults to have an education?
49. What motivates you to work harder?
50. Under what conditions do you learn best?
51. What have you learned about yourself this year?
52. Where do you learn best? Describe this place.
53. What was the most interesting project or assignment you completed this year?
54. Who is the person in your life that you want to be most proud of you? Explain.
55. What are two great memories that you have of this year?
56. If you could go back to a specific time this school year and change something, what would it be?
57. What’s the nicest thing someone did for you this year?
58. When is a time this school year when you became very frustrated but adjusted your mindset and pushed through the obstacle?
59. What is something that you were surprised to learn that you were good at?
60. Which lessons caused you to think deeply?
61. How does what you learned this year connect to the real world?
62. What is one regret you have?
63. How does responding to end-of-year reflection questions help you to have a growth mindset?
64. What are two areas in which you “GLOW” (perform well), and what are two areas in which you still need to “GROW” (improve)?
65. Reflecting on the year, what advice would you give to yourself at the beginning of the school year?
66. What strengths did you discover about yourself?
67. Which assignment or project was most meaningful to you and why?
68. What event did you enjoy most and least this school year?
69. How can you apply something you learned this school year to real life?
70. Summarize a challenge you overcame this school year.
71. How did your peers and teachers influence your academic and social growth this year?
72. What do I know now about keeping my mind and body free of negativity?
73. What’s one action plan I have in mind for improving upon an area of weakness?
74. Which subject am I still itching to learn more about?
75. Out of five stars (5=fantastic), how many stars would I give my behavior and conduct this school year and why?
76. What’s the biggest lesson you learned this year?
Final Thoughts: End-of-Year Reflection Questions
Prompt students to reflect upon their successes, goals, actions, and areas of needs improvement using these end-of-year reflection questions.
These questions will aid them in expressing their growth and experiences.