Reflective Teaching

ClipartFest 051715

ClipartFest 05/17/15

There is so much that I need to know about reflective teaching, working here in the academe had made my realize so many things about the concepts of teaching. That teaching is a no ordinary task and there are things you yourself don’t notice that you are already doing the right approach or the wrong approach. You don’t just teach students and let them understand your lesson or follow what is in the lesson plan or syllabus, its about analyzing and making improvements on what you have taught for me to create a better learning outcomes. And sometimes it takes time before you can fully adjust in this kind of practice. What I am doing right is still not enough and I still need to prove something that needs to aim.

Moody (2008) states that teacher reflection characterizes in many different ways, it serves as retrospection, as problem solving, critical reflection and reflection in action. You do not need to attend a formal class just to know these things because these can become part of your natural skill. Reflective Teaching is more than just evaluation of what you did in a day because reflection also provides the complexities asking ourselves what must be done or what must be improved. What we need to instill in minds is that critical reflection is important as What it means to be a critically reflective reacher (2017) states, there are six reason why it is important. First “it helps us take informed decisions” (page 22). Informed action is something that we wanted to achieve our intended outcomes, it is a way how students and people perceive on what we say and do. This is also an avenue to inform them what we expect to see in our behaviors a certain set of meanings. Second “it helps us develop a rationale for practice” (page 22). Creating a habit helps us to think deeply and critically not only the actions that we do but as teachers. Being critically reflective helps us better communicate to collegues and students. Third “it helps us avoid self-laceration” (page 23). You have this feeling there you responsible for all the action you do, and that students learning lies on your teaching strategies, methods and principles. Fourth “it grounds us emotionally” (page 24). As teachers it is our duty not to neglect and make clarifications and questions our assumptions on how students do well in school this in turn they put trust in us because we are always there to reach out. Fifth “it enlivens our classroom” (page 25). We have to remember that impact we create for our students and being a teacher you should be a role model for them, you create a classroom environment that is fun, interesting and challenging. And lastly “it increases democratice trust” (page 25). Teacher are the ones who is responsible in shaping the minds of the students. Students have different behaviors and their success depends on the teachers actions. Trust comes on teachers actions. This requires knowing your students well so that you may able to cater their needs.

Reflective teaching in its essense is ideological and as Johnetta Cole said “You cannot fully understand your own life without knowing and thinking beyond your life your own neighborhood, and even your own nation.”


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