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.

NEW Lesson Planner supports reflective teaching!

Our new Lesson Planner app on the Frog VLE encourages informed reflective writing after every lesson. Each ready-made lesson plan template provides a reflection column where teachers can jot down notes and ideas after teaching.
Lesson plans can also be shared with other teachers and senior teachers for further feedback and review. This encourages constructive support amongst teachers towards improving student learning outcomes.
Watch this video for quick tips on how to Reflect, Share and get Feedback:
For a more detailed guide on how to utilise the Lesson Planner, visit this link - bit.ly/froglessonplanner
Log in to the Frog VLE and start planning your lessons with the Lesson Planner!