One of the definitions of reflection found in the dictionary is: Serious thinking or careful consideration. As the end of the year approaches, I think it is important for teachers to reflect on programs and strategies they have used this past year in their classrooms. When reflecting, a teacher may ask himself/herself the following questions.
- Did I achieve my goals for this year? Why or why not?
- What were my greatest obstacles this year?
- What was my biggest success?
- Were there any programs or interventions that were not engaging and need to be changed?
- Did I enjoy myself this year? If not, what can I change in the year to come to make teaching more enjoyable?
- Did I have all of the resources I needed?
- Were my students excited to learn new things?
- Did I have a good relationship with my students this year?
- Are there new technologies that I could adopt next year to make teaching easier and more enjoyable?
- Is there a better way to engage my students?
- What worked well with a particular lesson or unit, or what do I need to change?
- Did I meet the core objectives?
- How was my timeline?
- Was I organized?
When you use reflection, you are able to set and achieve goals that will improve your teaching and learning. Is reflection easy? Not always, but without reflection it is difficult to see what you’ve done and what you want to do to improve.
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