In the following scenario, do we see reflective writing or reflective thinking?
In an effort to match buddy reader from next 3rd grade, second grade teacher maintain a reading log where buddy reader can put comment about their(own) reading, they can share comment, they can write their reading experience. Friend can see other friend's log and share comment in writing. Buddy can make suggestion in writing.Teacher assign individual mail box for every one; buddy can go to mailbox and share their reading experience by writing.
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Realistically speaking, aren't both evident? What I mean by that is that the writing and thinking processes are reflexive and one activates the other. I am not necessarily sure if one is able to separate where the writing process and thinking processes are distinct. In the activity, the process of writing about their reading experiences involves reflective thinking. Additionally, reading others' points of view, such as their reading buddy, as well as thinking about how others read literature is something that involves reflective thinking about both literature and the different reactions to it. The notion of writing about reading and reading about writing is an experience where we see the actions of reflection in both writing and thinking highly present.
I would say it is reflective thinking because the piece of writing that the student is going to offer will reflect constructive criticism and feedback. If it were reflective writing, it would seem as though the student is asked to respond to a specific prompt, such as a reader's response, or as it is done in the case of creative writing.
In both cases, of course, the student is doing both thinking AND writing, but the student is judging both his own reading and that of someone else's so more processes are taking place in their minds. They include: critical thinking, inductive reasoning, comparing and contrasting, analyzing, and much more.
Reflective writing in my opinion is reflective thinking. Some people need to talk, or in this case write, to get that thinking reflex in their brain activated. When the buddy is reading the comments of the original student, the buddy may begin understanding the reading from a different perspective, and vice versa when the original student reads the buddy's comments. Reflective writing is the opportunity to put thoughts into words. To have those thoughts read and thought about by another person creates validity. To reflect means to go back and consider what just happened. In this case we are talking about what was just read. Both students in this process get the opportunity to experience both reflective writing and reading.
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