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Sustaining the Journey

The Reflecting Conversation Map: Construct New Learning(s)

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January 27, 2014

This week’s Sustaining the Journey continues a review of the Reflecting Conversation Map. The focus will be on the third region, “Construct new learning(s).”

Summarize impressions and recall supporting information/data

Analyze causal factors

Construct new learning(s)

Commit to application

Reflect on the coaching processand explore refinements

The intention of this region of the map is to allow the reflector to synthesize the insights from the analysis of the event. In analysis, the reflector looks at the parts of the whole and examines the parts for deeper understanding. At this point in the map, the reflector moves to consideration of the generalizations and “big ideas” he or she might take away. This is consistent with our understanding of how the brain stores information. The brain does not hold on to detail; instead it seeks patterns and generalizations. The “Construct new learning,” region allows the thinker to name and store key ideas for the purpose of transfer and memory.

Some key questions might be:

What are some things you learned from this experience?

What ideas are emerging for you that you want to remember?

How has your thinking changed as a result of this experience?

What do you want to hold onto for the future given this learning?

Robert Marzano’s research documents the importance of articulating learning. What are some situations where you might be more explicit in assisting your colleagues in giving voice to their learning?


Marzano, R. et al. (2001). Instructional Strategies that Work. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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