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How To Promote Professional Self-Reflection

How To Promote Professional Self-Reflection

March 26, 2018 | Amanda Munday
Self-reflection is so important for career development and your personal well-being

As a teacher, director, or administrator, practicing self-reflection as a professional tool has a number of benefits for your career and personal well-being. Educators never stop learning or trying to improve their craft and one of the best ways to measure your progress over time is through reflective practice.

The Purpose of Reflection for Professional Career Growth

So what does reflection mean when you're a teacher? It involves revisiting daily behavior from several angles to analyze and contemplate the meaning and purpose behind your behavior. During hectic school hours there's little time to think about your actions as they happen, but taking the time to parse them out later gives you a chance to find meaning and accomplishment in your daily work.

Moreover, you can look back on interactions with your students to see which teaching strategies are working in your classroom. Reflection offers a chance to see the ups and downs in your own professional behavior and identity strengths and opportunities for improvement.

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Establishing a System for Teacher Self-Reflection

These days, video monitoring for student safety and parent communication is fairly commonplace. If your center has cameras in the classroom, incorporate those recordings into your self-reflection plan. Video records provide teachers the unique ability to view their behavior objectively and outside the context of the moment.

Keeping a daily self-reflection diary is a useful practice to add to your existing teacher tools. As part of your daily observation notes, take a few minutes to record feelings and remarks about the day. Doing so will give you a consistent means of tracking your own professional development and progress.

In tandem with observational notes and peer feedback, staff can develop goals for improving their departments and individual classrooms. Setting up weekly or monthly meetings for teachers to revisit those objectives provides a chance for them to review their own behavior and offer feedback to their peers. By working together, they can devise lesson plans that meet educational needs and promote professional growth.

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