Coordinator, eLearning & innovation & Instructional Designer, NC State College
Reflective Teaching Practice: Systematic Learning From Our Teaching Experiences
What Is It?
“… a self-assessment of teaching, wherein an instructor examines their pedagogy, articulates reasons and strengths for their strategies, and identifies areas for revision or improvement.”
-Yale Center for Teaching & Learning
How can it help Student Success/Retention?
“…when our higher education instructors demonstrate self-reflection, they are not only
improving selected aspects of their own teaching practice, but additionally, they are modeling best practices”
-LaPrade, Gilpatrick & Perkins (2014)
“One of the hardest things teachers have to learn is that the sincerity of their intentions does not guarantee the purity of their practice.”
-Brookfield, Becoming a Critical Reflective Teacher.
Reflective Practice Techniques:
- Reflection Journal
~5 mins after every class write a thought on that day’s lesson
- Record & review Class
Using a camcorder or phone, record the audio and or video of a class and then review & make notes (make clear to students this is only for your personal reflection)
- End of Term Post-Mortum
Near end of semester, note what worked well, what did not and what was note-worthy/ surprising: PDF Worksheet template
Block out the Time & Don’t Skimp
The week to week routine of prep and grading et al can make it tempting to skimp or claw back time planned for reflecting on how lessons went, but don’t give up on it. From a pure productivity time use standpoint, not repeating the same mistakes & finding efficiencies in the course sequence is time VERY well spent!
Reflection Has to Be Converted to Action
Awareness is is a great start, but until you convert it to action actually revise/ alter your course to utilize that insight, it won;t do you or your students much good.
Remember You Are Not On An Island
As you find concerns or confusions on why or how something can be improved/ is not working, consulting a peer and or the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) can help you not re-invent a wheel. The eLi Department can be consulted as well for resources.