Reflective teaching means looking at what you do in the classroom, thinking about why you do it, and reviewing what went well and what didn’t. It is a process of self-reflection and self-evaluation. It is also a means of professional development which begins in the classroom.
Importance of self-reflection
Many teachers think about their teaching and talk to colleagues about it too. You may have thought or said to someone, "My lesson went well," or "My students didn't seem to understand," or "My students were so badly behaved today." However, without reflecting on what happened, proper conclusions may not be drawn.
Reflective teaching therefore implies a more systematic process of collecting, recording and analysing of thoughts and observations, as well as those of your students, and then proceeding to make changes.
Tips for self-reflection
Reflection is a critical process for supporting your growth and development as a professional. Reflecting at the end of each lesson allows you to analyze the effectiveness and outcomes of the planning.
Questions to consider during your reflection:
What aspects did you implement differently in this lesson, and why?
What went well throughout the lesson, and what didn’t?
Did students learn what was intended?
Who are the students who faced difficulty today?
What surprised you during the lesson?
You can also consider inviting another teacher into your class to observe and collect information about your lesson. This will relate back to the area you have identified to reflect upon.
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