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Self-awareness and self-management are critical skills for lifelong learning - by providing opportunities for students to reflect on their learning educators not only inform the trajectory of their teaching, but also increase students’ agency in learning. Students can practice asking for help and develop a growth mindset through honestly evaluating their effort, motivation, and progress. It is vital that students have a safe space to develop these skills, as it takes plenty of practice!

Using the OneNote Class Notebook toolbar, educators can easily insert a Reflect for learning poll that is contextualized right on the Class Notebook page. These can be used as quick and easy pre and post assessments, or as “exit slips” to help inform the next lesson.

Note: Currently, educators can add Reflect check-ins for Class Notebook from OneNote web, Teams desktop, and Team for the web. Students can respond in all of the above plus OneNote mobile apps. We are continuously expanding to additional versions. 

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Create a Reflect check-in

Help students build self-awareness and modify your lessons to reflect their needs by embedding Reflect for Learning check-ins in Class Notebook

Important: To create a Reflect check-in in a Class Notebook, you must be a team owner. 

  1. Navigate to your desired team, then select Class Notebook.

  2. Find the page you'd like students to assess their learning on. 

  3. Select the Class Notebook tab, then select Reflect. This will open a panel for you to build your check-in question.  

  4. Choose a check-in question from the available list. 

  • Some of the questions have a text box for you to get more specific. Edit the text if you'd like to. It will automatically populate with the title of the page.

5.  Tap Add check-in to page.

Note: Check-ins can be added to any page in a Class Notebook. If it is in the content library, students will be able to respond even though they cannot edit the rest of the page. If it is in a distributed page, the results will be compiled for easy reading. 

class notebook



View check-in responses

  • As your students respond, their results will appear on your original page.

  • Choose any emoji or select Check-in details to see exactly which students responded with which emojis.

  • Select any bar graph to see the full list of students and their previous check in responses. This can identify trends of students who are consistently struggling or not being sufficiently challenged. 

Use this data to differentiate support and decide what topics may need re-teaching. 

See responses over time in Insights

You can view how students' responses change over time in Insights. Reflect check-ins are divided between those posted in a Teams channel and those embedded on a Class Notebook page. 

  • Navigate to Insights, then select Reflect

  • Select In Class Notebook to view the check-in responses from questions you embedded in Class Notebook

  • From here you can select All reflections then choose a question to narrow your data to those check-ins, or use the calendar dropdown to change the timeframe

screenshot of student responses to the reflect check in as they appear on the educator's original page. a bar grah shows how many students responded with each emoji and how many haven't yet responded

screenshot of detailed responses showing the names of students who responded with each emoji


Privacy in Reflect

In Reflect for Class Notebook, students' responses will only be shared with the educator. They won't see the distribution of one another's responses.  

Note: Direct IT admins to our detailed information about data privacy and security

The information collected and shown through Reflect meets more than 90 regulatory and industry standards, including GDPR and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for students and children's security and other, similar, privacy-oriented regulations.

Respond to a Reflect check-in

Self-awareness and self-assessment are critical skills that help people learn and grow. When we are honest with ourselves and our educators about our strengths and weaknesses, we can actively work to improve our skills - and our educators can help us!

  1. When you see a Reflect check-in in your Class Notebook, select an emoji to answer the question.

  • Hover over each emoji to see what they mean.

2.   Select Submit.

  • Only your educator will see this reflection. We want you to feel comfortable being honest so you can get support if you need it!

Screenshot of the student view of the reflect check in before they respond. The mouse hovers over the yellow, unsure emoji and a tooltip reads "I'm still learning"

Inform your instruction and differentiate for student success

A growth mindset springs from the ability to honestly and accurately assess where you are so you can make a plan to get to the next level! This is a challenging skill no matter what age you are. Use Reflect check-ins to help students practice self-assessment, then support them in planning next steps.

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