As we approach summer, it is a perfect time for self-reflection. This is what makes the difference between good and GREAT teachers. Self-reflection is what makes good teachers GREAT! Those who reflect on their teaching practices and seek ways to improve become GREAT!
- G oes the extra mile
- R eflects on their teaching
- E ncourages learning
- A ssesses students’ learning
- T eachable
According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards textbook entitled What Teaches Should Know and Be Able to Do they state the Five Core Propositions:
- Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
- Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach their subjects to students.
- Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
- Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
- Teachers are members of learning communities.
I recently used a self-reflection check list. I have tweaked it to meet the diverse needs of our readers. I hope you find this helpful as I have. Rate yourself…
1 = rarely 2 = sometimes 3 = often 4 = almost always
___ I understand the needs and experiences of those I teach.
___ When I prepare to teach, I focus on the students I am teaching.
___ I alter my plans in order to address learners’ questions and needs.
___ My teaching is centered on the National and State Standards.
___ As appropriate, I use additional technology and outside resources.
___ I monitor student learning and engagement daily.
___ I help those I teach become responsible for their own learning.
___ I ask questions that encourages thinking.
___ I invite learners to participate in discussions.
___ I ask follow-up questions to encourage learners to think more deeply.
___ I help learners find answers to their questions,
___ I provide opportunities for all learners to participate in discussions.
___ I use different teaching styles and strategies to meet my learners needs.
___ I ask learners to share their learning.
So how did you do? Set some goals and see where you are in a few months. This could even be used quarterly or monthly to help you focus on being a GREAT teacher.
We love to hear from our readers, what do all GREAT teachers have in common?