Learn to reflect at the World Trainer Academy

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On September 23rd, we paid a visit to the World Trainer Fall Semester course – it was the third class of the semester and the topic of the day was: “Learn to reflect”.

“What does reflection mean?”

When we talk about reflection, we might first think of mirrors. When we stand in front of mirrors, they reflect our external image back at us so we can see ourselves from the outside.

However, reflection can also be internal. When we reflect, we give serious thought and consideration to topics that we may have brushed aside in the past. By reflecting, we can learn about our own actions and thoughts, then apply the knowledge we gain to future experiences.

So with that introduction, let's see how youth learn to reflect during the World Trainer class!

Learn to reflect

As usual, the class was divided into 3 parts: Inspire; Discover; Reflect

Part one: Inspire

At the start of the class, kids were asked to examine their emotions and thoughts: “How do you feel today?”

World Trainer Tip: Self-assessment can provide insight into the students' true comprehension. Encouraging students to examine their own learning and levels of understanding can also be an important 'wake-up call', identifying areas that require improvement.

After this question is asked, the kids discuss and learn about “Reflection”.

Reflection occurs when we consciously observe and think about our experiences, actions, feelings and reactions, and then interpret or analyze them in order to learn from them. Often, we do this by asking ourselves questions about what we did, how we did it, and what we learned from doing it.

A simple reflection model is also provided to help the students “learn to reflect”.

Part two: Discover

To discover reflection, a big part of the class is learning through physical exercise. The kids performed several indoor and outdoor exercises.

  • Knee Touches

  • Wall Sits

  • Box Jumps

Although these exercises might look simple, don’t estimate them! They require skill to complete.

Part three: Reflection

After learning about reflection in Part 1, and performing exercises in Part 2, the kids finally asked to reflect on themselves in Part 3.

The students are once again asked to judge their emotions and thoughts. Subsequently, the asking: “What did you learn today?”

Together, we came to the following conclusions:

  • Reflection is an exercise, you can practice it.

  • Reflection helps you learn and do better.

  • Practice asking yourself: What? So What? What’s Next?

World Trainer Tip: Reflecting helps you to develop your skills and review their effectiveness, rather than just carry on doing things as you have always done them. It is about questioning, in a positive way, what you do and why you do it and then deciding whether there is a better, or more efficient way of doing it in the future.

Our program

At WorldTrainer we offer a holistic program that combines physical exercises, fun games and life lessons to allow youth to discover the importance of exercise and health, build self-confidence, a positive mind-set and interpersonal skills.

World Trainer Youth Academy - Fall Semester began on September 9th in Hongqiao! There are still seats available!

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