Something from Saldivar
Week of Jan. 18, 2015 - Jan. 22, 2015
Let's Reflect with Purpose!
As we dive deep into our MOY student data, I can’t help but think about the emotions we experience. MOY data can often be exciting and stressful. Exciting, because it can reveal the growth our students are making. Stressful, because there is still much to do. These are valid emotions that should lead us to examine our craft as a response to how our students are performing.
Have you ever taken a moment to step back and think, “Why did I just do that?”
Self-reflection is a simple way to dig deeper into your feelings and find out why you were doing something or feeling a certain way.
With a profession as challenging as teaching, self-reflection offers teachers an opportunity to think about what works and what doesn’t in their classroom. We teachers can use reflective teaching as a way to analyze and evaluate our own practices so we can focus on what works.
Why is Self-Reflection So Important?
Effective teachers are first to admit that no matter how good a lesson is, our teaching strategies can always be improved—oftentimes it’s why we seek out our colleagues’ opinions. Self-reflection is important because it’s a process that makes you collect, record, and analyze everything that happened in the lesson so you can make improvements in your teaching strategies where necessary.
The Process of Reflection
Connecting self-reflection to effective teaching is a process. The first step is to figure out what you want to reflect upon—are you looking at a particular feature of your teaching or is this reflection in response to a specific problem in your classroom? Whatever the case may be, you should start by collecting information.
Here are a few ways that you can do this:
• Self-Reflective Journal
• Video Recording
• Student Observation
• Peer Observation
Questions to Ask Yourself
Whether you’re using a self-reflective journal or trying to get feedback from your students and peers, perhaps the hardest part is actually coming up with the right questions to ask. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
• Was the lesson too easy or too difficult for the students?
• Did the students understand what was being taught?
• What problems arose?
• Did the materials keep the students engaged in the lesson?
• What materials did we use that worked in the lesson?
• What materials did we use that didn’t work in the lesson?
• Are there any resources or techniques that you’d like to see used instead?
• Were students on task?
• With what parts of the lesson did the students seem most engaged?
• With what parts of the lesson did students seem least engaged with?
• Where my instructions clear?
• Was the lesson taught at a reasonable pace?
• Did all students participate in the lesson?
• How effective was the overall lesson?
• How can I do it better next time?
• Did I meet all of my objectives?
• How did I deal with any problems that came up during instruction?
• Was I perceptive and sensitive to each of my students’ needs?
• How was my overall attitude and delivery throughout class?
Analyze and Implement Effective Techniques
Now that you have collected the information, it’s time to analyze it. The first thing you should look for is any recurring patterns. If you video recorded your lesson, did you find anything that kept happening over and over?
Look at your student feedback forms. Is there anything that students kept talking about?
Now that you have figured out what needs to be changed, the easy part is finding a solution.
The ultimate goal of self-reflection is to improve the way you teach. Through the findings you gather, you may gain the insight you need to take your instruction to the proverbial next level, or you may find that you’re already doing a stellar job. In either case, self-reflection is a technique that can gauge your standing honestly and you should strive to implement it throughout the year. By the time the next new class rolls around, you’ll have a much better wider toolkit to pull from when it’s time to teach that lesson once again.
Article: Teaching Strategies: The Value of Self-Reflection By: Janelle Cox
- Please begin analyzing your semester assessment data during PLC and complete analysis protocol and action plan by Jan. 21st.
- DRA/EDL MOY screener must be completed by Jan. 29th.
- Be working on your Self-Reflection recording for the 4th 6wks