Coaching Connection

Teachers Collaborating So We Can All Grow ~ Dec. 20, 2019

The Power of Self-Evaluation

For those of us who work in the challenging and and crucial world of education, self-reflection is a powerful tool for thinking about our own practice. There are many factors we can look at to improve our craft, from reflecting on our classroom strategies and relationships with students, to classroom management and our own feelings of satisfaction.
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Highly effective teachers practice self-reflection as a vehicle to improve their teaching and to maintain a feeling of growth and effectuality. A few tips for beginning on this journey of reflection include:

1) Choose a narrow focus for the initial reflection. Do not try to re-evaluate your entire practice in one session. This might be an evaluation of classroom norms, a review of classroom culture, or a reflection on classroom assessment techniques.

2) Select a tool for reflection. Some ideas include keeping a journal, video recording your lesson, collecting student feedback, or asking for a peer observation from someone such as a department member, a co-teacher, or an instructional coach.

3) Reflect on the evidence you have collected. Look for patterns and anomalies. Celebrate your strengths, and make a plan for addressing any areas for growth.

Want some help in creating or executing a plan for self-reflection? Contact your friendly neighborhood instructional coach!

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