Do you ever feel like you have every intention of doing something and then life gets in the way? As I reflect on the 2017 year, I realized that as my kids get older and more involved in activities and sports that my priorities have continued to shift slowly away from where I want to be. If life were less busy, I would…
- read more
- workout more
- travel more
- spend more one on one time with my husband
- and reflect more on my life personally and professionally.
Each year I remind myself how important reflection is for growth not only for students but also for teachers as well. Reflection is a facet of effective teaching. Not only does it make me stop and think about the day, it also helps me:
- evaluate my teaching practices and make changes to how I approach experiences with both teachers and students.
- be more aware of the types of conversations I am having with colleagues. Am I helping them move forward or am I allowing them to stay in the same spot.
- narrow down the most critical tasks I still need to accomplish and celebrate what I completed.
I need to practice what I preach to the mentees that I work with at my school. I ask them daily to reflect on their practices, yet I have not committed to doing this myself. The few times I do, I find that I am a more organized and focused coach. The question I had is “Where do I begin?” “What should I reflect on?” In my quest to find these answers, I came across different questions to help my reflection process.
In the article, “Reflecting on Teaching,” from the Virginia Journal of Education, the authors posed these questions to use for reflection:
- What went well today and why?
- What could have gone better and why?
- What do I want to remember for the future?
10 Self-Reflective Questions for Every Teacher” in his article on reflection:
- What was my best moment today and how can I have more moments like it?
- What was my most challenging moment and why? How will I respond next time?
- Were my students excited to be in class? If not, what can I do to change this?
- How was my mood with others today and how can I improve it?
- How well did I communicate with others today and how can I do this better?
- In what ways did my students surprise me most today?
- How did I support my colleagues today and how will I continue to do so?
- What are the biggest obstacles to improving my practice and how will I overcome them?
- What did I do today for myself and why is this important?
- What do I want everyone to be able to say about me at the end of the day tomorrow?
My goal is to be more focused in my reflection. 5-10 minutes every day – whether it is before I leave work, in the car on my way home, or before I go to bed. I just need to do this. #goalsfor2018
How do you make time to reflect on your teaching? What questions do you ask yourself to reflect on?