The Reflective Teacher: Taking a Long Look

By:Nicholas Provenzano

teachers welcoming“School has been in session for a few weeks, and things might be finally settling down for most teachers. Days seem to pass by so quickly that it seems amazing anything was accomplished. Despite the whirlwind start of the year, it’s still important to make time for reflection.

It took me some time realize that reflection is vital to my growth as an educator. I also needed to learn what real reflection looked like. It’s so much more than thinking that I did a good job or changing one essay question. Here are four things that I’ve done over the past few years to aid in my reflection and help me grow as a learner and a teacher.

1. Feedback from Students

One always scary but very important thing is asking the students how the lesson went. This can be done in class with a quick show of hands or a Google Form emailed to students and parents. Part of reflection is taking an honest look at how things are going. To do that, it’s crucial to hear from others. As valuable stakeholders in the classroom, students and parents might see something that the teacher would not.” To read further please click here:http://www.edutopia.org/blog/reflective-teacher-taking-long-look-nicholas-provenzano

 

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