Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom by Pete HallIts not the doing that matters; its the thinking about the doing. John Dewey
As a teacher, you work hard to make a positive difference in the lives of your students. But this kind of progress doesnt happen overnight, and it doesnt happen accidentally. It s the result of intentionality, planning, effort . . . and thought.
The difference between learning a skill and being able to implement it effectively resides in your capacity to engage in deep, continuous thought about that skill. In other words, recognizing why you do something is often more important than knowing how to do it.
To help you deepen your thinking and reflect on your capacity as an educator, Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral return to the Continuum of Self-Reflection, which they introduced to coaches and administrators in their best-selling Building Teachers Capacity for Success, and redesign its implementation so you can take charge of your own professional growth.
In these pages, youll find tools specifically made to enhance self-reflection on professional practice, including the Continuum of Self-Reflection and the Reflective Cycle. Youll be able to assess your current self-reflective tendencies, identify opportunities to reflect on your instruction, and begin to forge a path toward continuous growth and educational excellence.
The Need for Reflection When Teaching
GRE scores not required Prepare for teaching credential. No GRE scores are required to apply. Almost as commanding as the force, do you use the power of reflective thinking? The ability to reflect effectively can help a teacher both personally and professionally. One of the most underutilized tools educators use is the ability to reflect. Whether reflection is seen as too time consuming or plainly, a waste of time, many educators are missing the power to change or confirm their practices.
Skip to content. Reflective teaching means looking at what you do in the classroom, thinking about why you do it, and thinking about if it works - a process of self-observation and self-evaluation. By collecting information about what goes on in our classroom, and by analysing and evaluating this information, we identify and explore our own practices and underlying beliefs. This may then lead to changes and improvements in our teaching. Reflective teaching is therefore a means of professional development which begins in our classroom. Why it is important Many teachers already think about their teaching and talk to colleagues about it too.
The process of reflection is a cycle which needs to be repeated.
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Teacher Reflective Practice
Reflection does play an important role in student learning and should be a integral part of all classrooms, I also believe that these ideas apply equally to the reflection that teachers need do to improve their own practices. Like many teachers, reflection is a natural and regular part of my life. I spend a lot of time and energy reflecting often it feels like too much time and energy! While there are many meaningful benefits of this natural and routine reflection, I often do it without planned purpose. Reflection should occur naturally but should also be planned and purposeful.