Reflection… it should be called “ReflACTION!”

Finishing up this week’s Blog theme of the “Teach Roller Coaster”, we end with Reflection.  I don’t know if it is because of our biological nature or just a product of our environment, but I have come to believe that teachers are the most reflective group of professionals in the world!

I can’t even begin to count the conversations that I have had with myself (yes, all the time!) or with colleagues that start off with “Next time…”.  We strive for improvement in ourselves just as we strive to help our students improve.  After any lesson, exam or school year we think of all the things we can do to make it better next time around.  We just can’t help ourselves!

Reflection is essential to becoming a great teacher but it is not enough.  To merely think of all the things we coulda, woulda, shoulda done differently is just the first step.  The true improvement comes with ACTION!  Follow this link to our Teacher Reflection Action Plan!  Write down your honest answers in your journal or on separate sheet of paper.  Save your answers so that you can review them as you begin to plan for next year.  This reflection activity is great to do alone or with members of your support team!

Reflect, then take Action!

You will see improvement in your teaching reflected by improvement in student learning!  And when the “Teacher Roller Coaster” resumes next year, you will be ready to ride!