All About Reflective Teaching

Reflective teaching is one effective way of reaching out to the students and make them understand the lessons that you want them to learn. It is a tool that is utilized by educators so that they better recognize the pros and cons of the technique used in a class or any learning environment.

What exactly is reflective teaching?

Reflecting on your teaching means that you are going to observe and evaluate the kind of strategy that you use to teach the students. It is assessing your current techniques and seeing whether they are really effective ways for the students to learn.

It is not enough that you get a lot of students to attend your course, share with them your lessons based on the school’s curriculum, and expect them to absorb everything that you say to them. You cannot build a website and assume that all website visitors understand what you are talking about. You still need to implement identification factors to determine whether your kind of teaching works or not.

What types of reflection can you use?

Observation

If two or more educators want to evaluate the strategy that they use in teaching the students, you can use peer observation to check the effectiveness of a particular technique. You should both be honest in assessing your capabilities as teachers and your technique as a lesson-giver.

To do this, you should expect both of you to observe and to be observed. You will take turns in observing each of your classes. You do not have to do anything different than what you already do in your normal teaching. After the observation, you can give an in-depth report of the items that you saw as good and inefficient in their technique.

Self- observation

You can also do your own evaluation of the strategies that you use as an educator. You can create a checklist and do a self-report of what was good and what was detrimental to the learning of the students. Self-observation is good because you can readily make changes once you finalize your observations. You can also make recommendations to other educators through your personal experiences.

5 Comments

  1. Miikka Honkasalo says:

    I never knew that there was a technical term for what I do every single day. Reflective teaching is a tool that is used to regularly evaluate the lesson plan and check if you need to make changes depending on the reception of the students. Be sure to adapt. You should not waste the time of students by not giving them a good environment to learn.

  2. Lassi Suutari-Jääskö says:

    We just recently applied reflective teaching to our university. We partner with other professors to evaluate their techniques and teaching. Reflective teaching not only helps the students but also the teachers. By observing good educators, teachers can find new styles to implement in their own methods. You can also get some insights and see the best ways to teach students through other professors.

  3. Josefiina Kankkunen says:

    If you are going to do peer observation, you should be totally honest with your findings. You cannot sugarcoat your criticisms. Peer observation is all about making modifications on the kind of teaching that you do. It is not about appeasing your co-teacher with his capability and skills. Be frank and be constructive.

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