Here's some interesting research that's useful for teachers and students, and for all of us.
Researchers at HEC Paris, Harvard Business School and the University of North Carolina have shown that students and adults who take time to reflect on something they're learning ultimately will learn it better. Just taking 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference!
Unfortunately, the study's authors argue, we generally don't take the time to reflect on our own as often as we should. Sometimes we don't think we have the time and that reflecting on our work is a "luxurious pursuit." And sometimes, even if we're encouraged to reflect, we don't recognize reflection's benefits.
"Companies often use tools such as learning journals as a way to encourage reflection in training and regular operations," the study's authors write. "Our personal experience is that individuals of all ages may not treat these exercises with much seriousness; however, our findings suggest that they should."