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Challenge Doughnut Reflection Framework

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Reflection is a key part of the learning and growth process that is often easy to overlook.  Activities
that help us reflect on what happened, what we’ve learned, and how we
feel help us (re)focus our intentionality for the next learning cycle.

Below is a simple Challenge Doughnut Reflection framework that you can use with your children to foster a Growth Mindset!

If you are using a Temporary Homeschooling Kit, this is a Reflection Activity that you can use during your Block D Segment.  You can also use this framework as a Dinner Time conversation starter or to include as part of a Bedtime routine.

Challenge Doughnut Reflection Framework:

  • When were you in your COMFORT ZONE today? What can we try to do differently next time to make sure that we are challenging our brain and/or body to grow?
  • When were you in your CHALLENGE ZONE today?
  • When were you in your PANIC ZONE today?  What can we try to do differently next time to make sure we get out of the Panic Zone and back into the Challenge Zone more quickly?

Tips if you get stuck:

  • Probe further – if they’re having trouble thinking of something, you might ask more concrete follow up questions like:  “Was there a time today when you felt a little bored because what you were doing was easy?”  “Was there a time today when you felt so rushed, frustrated, discouraged or scared that you just wanted to give up?”  “Was there a time today when you were so focused on doing something that you lost track of time?”
  • Model the mindset – make sure that you are sharing your own Comfort Zone, Challenge Zone and Panic Zone moments as well!
  • Encourage a commitment to daily growth – While you don’t have to require that everyone shares a moment they had in each zone every single day, you’ll want to encourage them to strive for AT LEAST 1 Challenge Zone moment every day.  “Whoa, you didn’t have a single time today when you were in your Challenge Zone!?  Gosh it sounds like your day might have been kinda boring…?  Hopefully tomorrow will be different!”

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