As I’ve blogged recently, I want my students to take responsibility for their own learning (see posts about Gamification and Project-Based Learning). If I teach them to learn and write for ME then what happens to them when they leave my class? My foundational goals for my students are to help them become self-regulating and self-directed so they are never dependent on someone else to learn and grow and become. A key part of this process is reflection. Reflection is a powerful tool we often overlook when teaching in general and teaching writing in specific. It is not enough to learn something – in fact, I believe we do not really learn anything until we reflect on it. There is sound educational research and theory to support the importance of reflection in learning. Both John Dewey and Jurgen Habermas have argued that reflection serves to generate knowledge.