Experts discuss power of reflective learning

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Staff Reporter

STUDENT who understand how they learn and teachers who understand how they teach are better able to improve their performance, according to experts at the Pakistan Schools Conference, hosted by Cambridge International Examinations in Karachi Friday.
Focused on ‘Reflective learning’, the conference was attended by over 220 principals and heads from over 150 Cambridge Associate schools in Pakistan.
During the conference, principals discussed how to encourage reflective practice among both students and teachers, including techniques for managing and evaluating reflective learning and how to encourage an open and honest school culture where mistakes are viewed as opportunities to learn.
Speakers included Mark Winterbottom, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Dr Charles Wall, Principal, Karachi Grammar School,Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International Examinations and Christopher Hunt, Director – Sindh & Balochistan, British Council Pakistan.A panel discussion also explored ideas for encouraging honesty when reflecting on teaching and learning.
Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International Examinations, said:“The power of reflection in education is brought home to me every time I meet Cambridge learners who show awareness and understanding of their own learning processes. Such students are evidently more consistently motivated to learn, and more capable of learning.