Reflect and Learn.
Reflection in the past for me personally was something that I didn’t do because I always thought ‘I don’t have time to reflect’ ‘I have better things to do’ and the excuses went on. However, over the last 18 – 24 months I’ve realise how important reflection is for my growth and professional development and this is why I find blogging a great way to reflect for me personally. But then of course I begun to realise my students don't reflect in my classes and this needed to change.
Reflection I believe is the most powerful part of the lesson, this is where students share, discover and are proud of their efforts. As educators we need to celebrate their success, we need to allow our students to feel proud of their efforts.
As we know, all students learn, play and interact differently and this is ok. We need to ensure all students are reflecting their own learning experiences and are WANTING to share their experiences.
Some students may be afraid or embarrassed of their efforts, thinking that their efforts aren’t good enough. As their teachers and guiding them during their schooling we need to remind our students the following;
Mistakes make me better
Everyone fails at something – but how to you respond in a positive manner?
What can you do better next time?
What are you proud of?
Why did this happen?
I also reflect as well with the students (during class time about the way the lesson went and how I went with the students) using the same resources. This has made a difference for students to reflect and to share.
I have created a few resources to help my students to reflect and most importantly reflect with a purpose.
How do I feel? (Cards) Sharing how they’re feeling after participating in physical activity and giving reasons for their feelings.
How does my body feel? (Cards) Sharing how their body feels after participating in physical activity and explaining why their body feels that way.
How did I go? (Cards) Sharing their achievements, what they found challenging and what they are proud of.
Superhero Moment (Card) Sharing a special moment/achievement they experienced during the lesson. Sharing their reasons and why it was special.
I am always learning on how to become a better educator. I believe since I’ve started reflecting, my teaching has gone to the next level. Beginning at a new brand new school this year, has allowed me to educate my students on the importance of reflecting and how this will make them better learners.
You may also want to check out my Flipped Reflection link.
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These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.