I have to confess my reflective practices are poor to non existent!
At most I usually get a “I think that went well/didn’t go well, they really liked X” and then about 5 minutes later I’ve completely forgotten the thought.
Partially, this stems from my Dyslexia, poor memory and organisational skills but I have managed to overcome this in other areas of my life so why not here?
I was recently struck by several articles from around the teaching blog sphere on the role that good structured reflective practices can play in helping a teacher to develop and it got me thinking about my own failings here.
So what am I going to do?
1. Set up a system for reflective practice on Evernote to log instant thoughts about my lessons.
was the lesson good? why/not?
2. Compare my plans for that night:
What didn’t I do, what did I do instead, What worked, what didn’t go as I had expected and why? [using my log on Evernote]
3. Have a special focus for note taking:
Perhaps one that arises from an observation or something that I read (at the time of writing it is what is my main resource for lessons, planned and unplanned)
4. Post anything that I emerges during the lesson:
Perhaps something obvious I haven’t been doing, or a question that I want to consider. This may well become a research topic or my 3 reflection for the next week/month.