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2020 Reflections on Learning

What is a Reflection on Learning (RoL)?

Oakton’s Reflections on Learning will be personalized, reflective virtual presentations through which students will utilize their skills of self-awareness, critical thinking, communication, creativity, and citizenship. These reflections will capture the growth unique to the 2019-2020 school year and give students an opportunity to represent their individual growth toward the attributes and skills expressed in the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate. These will be optional activities that students can use to receive feedback on their expression of these reflections and skills. Oakton students and teachers value end of the year reflection and this project is a way to preserve this important aspect of Oakton’s intellectual culture during the 2019-2020 school year.

The Basics of Oakton’s Reflections on Learning (RoL)

The 2019-2020 has been an unprecedented experience for Oakton students and teachers encompassing both traditional classroom as well as distance learning during the second semester. This unique experience provides a chance for students to reflect on the impact of these styles on their growth as learners and thinkers. This opportunity will supplement the work they have done already as Oakton students in preparing for the EoL and PoL.

Oakton students will be given the opportunity to answer a question that is designed to promote thoughtful reflection. Seniors will reflect on how their learning has developed throughout their High School experience. Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors will reflect on their learning specifically in the 2019-2020 school year.

All students will be given a choice in how they present their reflection with some options being: a video, a podcast, a narrated slideshow or other creative presentation techniques. Students are encouraged to include in their reflection growth in at least two portrait of a graduate skills. Seniors will have this feedback incorporated into their English and Government grades. Other students will receive feedback this year and have it included in next year’s Presentations of Learning.

Students will submit their projects virtually and receive feedback from Oakton instructors that they can use as they reflect on their progression. Seniors will have this feedback incorporated into their English and Government grades. Other students will receive feedback this year and have it included in next year’s Presentations of Learning.

Where can I learn more about them?

For more information specific to the senior project, check out this infographic. Students can also ask their English or government teachers.

Seniors should address: Reflect on your time at Oakton High School. What did you learn? What are you taking with you from your time at Oakton? 

 

For more information specific to the underclassman project, check out their infographic

Underclass students should consider: How has your learning changed throughout the year? How has your learning style shifted as we have moved to distance learning? What have you realized about yourself as a learner? 

 

Presentations of Learning

What is a Presentation of Learning (PoL)?

Oakton’s Presentations of Learning are personalized, reflective presentations through which students develop their skills in self-awareness, critical thinking, communication, creativity, and citizenship.  After weeks of standardized assessments, students will have the opportunity to represent their individual growth toward the attributes and skills expressed in the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate. Presentations of Learning typically constitute half of students’ final exam grades in English and/or social studies courses, and/or science courses so preparation for and attendance on PoL days are essential.

The Basics of Oakton’s Presentations of Learning (PoL)

After traditional final exams, the entire school focuses on Presentations of Learning. Students present through their Advisory classes to an interdisciplinary panel of faculty members and a class of their peers.  Throughout the PoL days, when students are not scheduled to present or observe, they participate in several learning experiences tailored to their needs at each grade level.

The Background on PoL

Beginning with the freshman class in 2012, students at Oakton High School have concluded each school year by sharing personalized, reflective presentations on the significance of their learning for a panel of teachers and their peers.  These end-of-year presentations look different at each grade level:

  • Freshmen reflect on their learning across the disciplines and how that learning has contributed to personal growth.  Students share their presentations in a gallery walk exhibition for peers and teachers in a classroom setting.

  • Sophomores will select a topic related to their current study of science and explain it and its historical, economic, and social significance. The oral presentations will be centered around an already created infographic that details the students’ research about their chosen topic. In addition to the presentation, students will be asked several reflection questions in order to complete their sophomore PoL.  

  • Juniors present their individual Capstone research and Capstone Achievement Product and what they have learned about their topics and themselves as a result of extended inquiry.

  • Seniors participate in an exit interview in which they describe the scope and impact of their Capstone projects, and they reflect on how this culminating experience contributed to their growth as citizens. Seniors arrange their own interviews in May and early June.

Oakton faculty members from across the disciplines participate in the evaluation of these Presentations of Learning— because the individual growth of our students as learners and citizens matters to the entire school.

 

If you have any questions about Presentations of Learning, please reach out to Martha Rodeheaver, Assistant Principal, at @email or Sal Olivo, Assistant Principal, at @email