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Reflecting on the Making Process

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My background is in experiential education. One of the strategies used in experiential education is debriefing or reflecting on the experience. In other words, learning from direct experience is not left to chance. The educator becomes proactive in debriefing or processing the experiences to increase the chances that learning occurs. This is in line with John Dewey’s ideas:

We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.’

A recent research study published via Harvard Business Review concluded that:

  • Learning from direct experience can be more effective if coupled with reflection-that is, the intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience.
  • Reflecting on what has been learned makes experience more productive.
  • Reflection builds one’s confidence in the ability to achieve a goal (i.e., self-efficacy), which in turn translates into higher rates of learning. (

In line with reflecting on experiences, I developed a list of questions and a board game (I love using board games in my classrooms of all ages from elementary to graduate level!) to help with reflecting on the maker process following the completion of maker projects. The purpose of these tools is to increase the possible learning and insights that learners extract from their maker projects.

a making reflection

A Maker Reflection: The Game

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Written by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

October 5, 2015 at 10:02 pm

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  1. Thanks, Jackie, these are great. I am sitting here correcting some senior level practice exam papers which have not been tackled well by my students. I think I can draw on some of these concepts to move them forward – probably not the type of use you would have anticipated!
    Love your work!


    October 5, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    • Great – any application of my ideas works for me! Thanks!

      Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

      October 5, 2015 at 10:11 pm

  2. These are fantastic. I have adapted them for use with my first year college students.


    February 28, 2018 at 12:58 pm

  3. Hi Jackie, This is perfect for me right now. I have been giving feedforward to my students for a practice practical assessment and am needing other ways to get them to reflect on what they have done well and how they can improve. The board game idea is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing. I find all of your working interesting, well thought out and ultimately useful to support learning.


    March 11, 2018 at 1:05 am

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