Session 148: Share ideas on how you best reflect on your own teaching practice.

Date: Thursday 25th April, 2013
Host: @EmmaMcV
Session Title: Share ideas on how you best reflect on your own teaching practice

Session Summary
[pullquote]The problem with reflecting on ur own practices we often over complicate the process. Keep It Short Simple & put it into Action[/pullquote]

Many of the early tweets in the discussion focussed on familiar reflection tools such as observations, assessment for learning and listening to students views. These came up frequently during the chat and many found them an extremely good measure of both their own practice and of the students own learning development.

The next key thought came from @aknill “”best reflection for others consumption – teacher blogs- many out there and many tweet to””
This tweet had a mixed response and really opened out the discussion. There are many who utilise blogs regularly as a way of reflecting on their teaching but also as a way to aid collaborative reflection with those in similar situations. Some reflective practitioners who regularly blog were recommended:

#dlchat
#edchat
#sologlobalchat
#litchat

This idea of colleague collaboration and chats with other staff was another popular suggestion.

The discussion then moved to the area of internal reflection and the use of action research to move forward your practice. This is a key tool to recognising the way we work as teachers. We all reflect, all the time, it’s just that the majority of our reflections are unconscious and sometimes it’s the little ‘chats’ we have with ourselves that actually make the most difference. This type of reflection allows us to make the tweeks to our teaching almost automatically. However, the trouble with this type of informal reflection can be that the ‘gems’ of our practice can sometimes be lost.

This then led us into quick and simple ways to record our reflections. There were some great ideas for this that we can all implement easily:

  • Writing on planning
  • Post it notes
  • Taking time out: walking, running etc while we have a think about our day
  • Sentence starters: “”Next time I will…..””
  • Notepad next to the bed
  • Notes in your phone
  • Once a week – one thing you could improve and one thing that was absolutely brilliant
  • And one of my favourites ‘two stars and a wish’ for teachers NOT just children

The most important part of the discussion for me was the remembrance that  as teachers we tend to focus a lot more on what went wrong rather than the positives. A great and familiar point came from @Denbigh_TSA “”Celebrate the 99 things that went well before dwelling on the 1 thing that didn’t!”” I’m sure we can all identify with that one!

And finally a great tweet to end the session on:
?@truan_steve  “”in my experience often a big glass of wine can be the best tool””

Remember keep it simple and manageable but most of all remember that you are all doing a fantastic job and give YOURSELVES some recognition for this on a daily basis.

Thanks for a great discussion and I hope to be back again soon.

Notable Tweets from the Session:
@EmmaMcV
Reflection happens unconsciously too….like a ‘chat to ourselves’

?@joelittlewood
#ukedchat I find that meaningful AfL is as much a reflection on your own practice as it is on the children’s learning.

?@Denbigh_TSA
@EmmaMcV key to talk it over & not be too self-critical. Celebrate the 99 things that went well before dwelling on the 1 thing that didn’t!

@thingsbehindsun
Video yourself teaching or tutoring one on one. Are you more irritating than you imagined or an exemplar? #ukedchat

@MrAColley
Remember, we’re teachers. We’re programmed to focus on what could be improved. Don’t forget the positives!

@thingsbehindsun
Realise you’ll never be the finished article. Don’t be afraid to experiment in order to develop. Be bold

@tmeeky
Reflection is internal CPD… good teachers/parents do it all the time without thinking about it  #ukedchat

@CI_JenKaye
#ukedchat reality is reflection takes place when lying in bed at night going over what happened in class waking up & putting note in phone!

@Jivespin
You have to be the model for students in being reflective and interested in trying new things. Lifelong learning

?@PascalDresse
@ICTmagic If we are not reflecting the we have stopped learning.

@urban_teacher
The problem with reflecting on ur own practices we often over complicate the process. Keep It Short Simple & put it into Action

@stbirwin
@EmmaMcV I just write all over my planning, and get TA’s to do same. Simple efeective and pretty old fashioned.

@truan_steve
#ukedchat in my experience often a big glass of wine can be the best tool

Tweet of the Week:
@urban_teacher
The problem with reflecting on ur own practices we often over complicate the process. Keep It Short Simple & put it into Action

About Your Host:
@EmmaMcV I have worked in education for 16 years as an RE Co-ordinator in mainstream and special school settings. I was also a Senior Lecturer in RE and Special Educational Needs for Initial Teacher Education before becoming an Independent RE consultant. I work with schools and RE organisations to develop and improve RE nationwide in addition to providing INSET and delivering seminars on a variety of topics. My interests include: developing reflective practice in the primary school, whole school spiritual development, the use of creative assessment and engaging children with spiritual literacy through neuro-linguistic programming. I speak at international conferences and I am a published academic author and researcher.
I live in Spain when I am writing and the UK when I am ‘consulting’

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