Reflect, Feedback, & Planning Ahead

New Teacher Network, March 2016


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Why Reflection?

  • Lecture Burst
  • Reflective Self-Assessment

Reflections on practice & growth
  • The voices of others
  • Keys to self-reflection
  • Stones in our shoes

Thinking Forward

  • Goal setting
  • Technology resources
  • The Six-Week Challenge

Just for fun...

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Why Self-Reflection?

We learn from processing our experiences.

We enlarge our frame of reference beyond the episodic

1. Creates awareness of our actions and their effects.

2. Allows us to continually work towards excellence.

3. Builds self-efficacy: our capacity to take ownership of our work and know our efforts matter.

4. Enhances our flexibility to consider options, as well as respect diverse perspectives

5. Encourages interdependence as we develop professional relationships to benefit one another's work.


“It is the language of reflection that deepens our knowledge of who we are in relation to others in a community of learners.” -Carole Miller & Juliana Saxton

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Growing in Self-Reflection: The Keys

1. Observe

  • students: trends, behaviors, learning
  • environment
  • content: strategies, skills
2. Think intentionally
  • Plan & prepare with intention: The why
3. Notice Learning
  • Assess impact: did it work? Why or why not?
4. Make changes
  • Take responsive action

Practice, practice, practice!

Tools for Reflection

Keep a reflective journal.
  • How did it go?
  • How do you know? (what evidence or examples can you note?)
  • How did you grow? (what did you learn from this experience?)
  • How will it show? (how will you apply this in the future?)

Choose a focus for your growth.

  • Explore the 'Stones in Your Shoes."
  • Select an area and write it as a goal statement. Try this planning process.

Build a professional portfolio

  • background information (e.g. resume, educational philosophy),

  • teaching artifacts and reflections documenting an extended teaching activity (e.g. overview of unit goals and instructional plan,

  • student work samples), and

  • professional information (e.g. letters of recommendation, formal evaluations).

Try These:

Individually: Write down one success each day and one challenge or surprise, and then at the end of the week, review your notes. What patterns or trends do you see? Continue this pattern of writing and reflection each week.

Look at Students: Using your class list, begin categorizing what you know about students (i.e., interests, reading levels, learning styles, social skills, etc). Write "unsure" for those you have difficulty placing. Begin getting to know more about those students you know the least about.

Collaborate with Peers

  • Network with other practitioners to learn content, strategies, and share resources
  • Observe one another

Work with a Coach

  • Observe a lesson
  • Get feedback on a lesson
  • Talk through problems of practice

Partner with an Administrator

  • Ask for specific feedback on a strategy or lesson
  • Ask for clarity on expectations

Planning Ahead: Tools for the Trip

What If...

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