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Power of Reflection

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Any good reflective teacher learns from their mistakes. If lessons go great one must always ask why did the lesson go great, and if the lesson doesn’t go so well it is also very important to question why it went well. As a high school Biology teacher I can relate to the struggle of finding patterns in my students learning abilities. Throughout my classes I have various diverse learners that I must invest a lot of my off the clock time and energy to find the patterns needed to help make all the learners in my classroom willing and able to learn. In any science class students are always taught to find the big idea. Many times students learn best from inquiry. Having witnessed many of my own students having their “aha” moments while doing inquiry labs is most rewarding. Being reflective in knowing the importance of always asking why something happens plays a huge role in student learning and understanding.

First Grade Teacher

Reflection

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Reflection about our work is the key to be better teachers and create effective lessons. The changes or variations that we make after reflecting our work should be based on students’ outcomes, research, and colleagues’ collaboration. Reflection is an essential part of our professional growth and we need to move ahead with the confidence that we are mindful about our students’ needs.

I think that considering our coworkers’ assistance could be a good idea, too. They will provide us positive feedback and new ideas. It is important to work together as a team and gain new knowledge from each other. Also, professional development, PLC or grade level meetings are tools that we can use in order to gain more information, strategies and techniques that we can implement in our classrooms.

High School Science Teacher

In my physical science

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In the physical science classes that I teach at the high school level, I am implementing engineering-based curriculum initative that have really stretched my abilities as an educator. This has required hours of thought and preparation dating back to the summer planning months when I was able to explore, for myself, fundamental questions about how students learn science.
The motivation comes from the advocation of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the emphasis on engineering-based learning as core components of the new way we want students to learn science.

Reflection is a key element within a culture of learning because it helps to provide the means to be creative. It is a process that provides a soild basis from which new models for teaching and learning can be designed.

It can get obsessive for determined teachers as they creates as well as implement cutting-edge curriculum initatives in the science classroom.

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