The Importance of Reflection By Taryn Sanders Have you ever sat in your classroom after a long day of teaching, thinking about the lessons you taught that day? You may have asked yourself why the math lesson went so well or why the social studies lesson seemed to confuse the students so much. Asking ourselves questions helps us to reflect upon what we did and why we made the choices we did.
Don - August 18, Peter, This is of great help. I face freshman on thursday. I was working up a talk using prezi and found yours, then I found this. Peter Pappas - August 18, Don, Thanks for taking the time to post. Best of luck facing the !
Gareth Jacobson - March 20, Peter, I really like the integration of Blooms taxonomy into the levels of reflective practice, it clearly shows how the ability to reflect is a hierarchical process that requires understanding of the challenges at each level. I also think reflection is generally not valued enough in our profession.
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This taxonomy is absolutely genius and is something I intend to use throughout my career as a student and as an educator. Being reflective is incredibly important in the teaching and learning process, and this taxonomy makes the reflecting process very simple.
An admirable perspective that should serve you well. Teachers of future teachers- take note! Peter Pappas - October 27, Thanks for the kind words, Barbara. Azmira - January 15, Hi, I love your website and everything that you wrote. I have 2 questions about critical reflection. Is it necessary to write down a reflection or could it happen when you are thinking deeply about an issue but not necessarily writing it down?
Can reflection be taught per se? Or does it need to be embedded in the learning process? In response to your questions: My own style is to reflect in dialogue with others. I sort of figure it out as I go along. It seems I think best in conversation. Others might want to write in a very private journal.
Video, sketches, whatever helps you identify patterns. You need something to reflect on. In a classroom context, you may need to be very explicit in guiding the students to reflect on their learning. You can all figure it out together. How do you do this? Do you have preset questions to direct you in the dialogue?
Or is it a free-flow discussion? Can this be considered as a dialogue? How do I ensure the quality of the discussion? Sometimes I provide the participants with Thinking Questions to get them started on the discussion.
Are there any sequence on what questions I should be asking first in a discussion? Peter Pappas - January 22, Azmira, yes — free-flow discussion It starts with good listening.
I frequently stop and ask others to summarize what was just said.Many colleges actually use this method to teach up and coming teachers the value of self-reflection. Student Observation: Students are very observant and love to give feedback.
You can hand out a simple survey or questionnaire after your lesson to get students’ perspectives about how the lesson went. Generation Teach offers summer teaching fellowships to diverse undergraduate and high-school students.
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A daily reflection is when teachers take a few moments at the end of the day to debrief on the day's events.
Typically, this should not take more than a few moments. Reflection is deliberate and structured thinking about choices.
It is an integral step to improving our practice. Through reflection, we as educators can look clearly at our successes and struggles and consider options for change. Reflection may be both formal (such as required by regular conferences in which teachers discuss their instructional practices) or informal (such as driving home from school and thinking about the day’s lessons and student learning); in both instances, there is a growing body of evidence that teacher reflection results in improved teacher.
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I encounter it all. I am more committed than ever to continue my life long learning. Reflection #2: I never ask a student to complete an activity I.