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Taking Time for Self-Reflection

We often discuss the value of teaching students self-reflection skills, but how often do we take the time to self-reflect on our practices? I invite you to read Self Reflective Questions for Teachers and challenge you try to find a few minutes for reflection after each class.

The questions are:

  1. What was my best moment today and how can I have more moments like it?
  2. What was my most challenging moment and why? How will I respond next time?
  3. Were my students excited to be in class? If not, what can I do to change this?
  4. How was my mood with others today and how can I improve it?
  5. How well did I communicate with others today and how can I do this better?
  6. In what ways did my students surprise me most today?
  7. How did I support my colleagues today and how will I continue to do so?
  8. What are the biggest obstacles to improving my practice and how will I overcome them?
  9. What did I do today for myself and why is this important?
  10. What do I want everyone to be able to say about me at the end of the day tomorrow?

What questions would you add? How do you think these reflections will help you in your teaching? 

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Kathy Tracey


Susan Finn Miller's picture
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Hi Kathy, Thanks for bringing up the importance of reflection. I have long believed that the most important activity we teachers can engage in to improve our own practice is to reflect on how the class went. What worked well? Why did a particular activity go so well and how can I incorporate more of the same moving forward? What didn't work so well? What adjustments can I make to make things go more smoothly and/or effectively next time?

I actually believe that we learn the most when we reflect on things that don't go so well. 

It's through continual reflection that I seek to refine and (hopefully!) improve my teaching practice bit by bit. It's a life-long effort!

And, by the way, I engage in the same process of reflection when facilitating professional development activities.

I hope other teachers and professional developers will weigh in on this topic.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Teaching & Learning CoP