Do teachers who reflect regularly, become better teachers?
The simplest questions in [teaching] are sometimes the hardest questions to answer.
So, how much of the above statement is true? Throughout your teacher training, you were probably asked to keep a ‘reflections journal’. Is this something you still do after you are qualified to teach, even if it is a blog?
What is your experience?
Fact or Myth?
Reflective teachers are the most effective within the profession. Those that fail to reflect (regularly) on their own pedagogy may be disaffected, lack the support to improve, or simply have never been given the framework required …
If we consider that the academic year has just come to an end, what would be your answers to the following questions:
- What work in your classroom are you most pleased with and why?
- What hasn’t work? Why?
- What has been the most humbling moment for you as a teacher?
- When did you make the wrong decision?
- When working with colleagues, what are you most proud of?
- What could have worked better?
- Who is the one person that supported you through a challenging time?
- Who have you supported and why?
- What is the one thing you will keep doing next year?
- What is the one aspect of your teaching you need to improve?
What are your reflections from the academic year?
If you don’t ask simple questions, you won’t get the hard answers.
Try these resources to help your classroom reflections.