Take Time to Reflect

During the recent break for the holidays, Blue and I were talking about one of the most overlooked and valuable strategies for teachers — reflection. Reflection gives you the opportunity to ask yourself, “What is working in my teaching? What is not working? What do I need to change and how can I do it? What do I want my students to come away with when they are finished with my class?” These are important questions, but while we are in the thick of planning, prepping, and teaching it is challenging to find the time to address them. When you reflect on your teaching you come face-to-face with what I feel is one of the joys of teaching — the intellectual challenge of constant improvement. It is all too easy to fall into a teaching routine where things are going ok, but you are not really striving to improve. Because teaching is such a complex and dynamic endeavor there is always opportunity for change and improvement, but this requires reflection. It requires the intellectual effort to ask meaningful questions and take specific actions to improve. If you can carve out the time to do this—whether it is once a week, once a month, or once a semester—your teaching will be more effective, and your students will benefit.

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