Reflective Teaching is a process in which teachers examine teaching practices, and the overall effectiveness of their delivery and assessment approaches. It involves reviewing their personal teaching beliefs and using reflective practices to analyze and deliver information with the ultimate goal of generating feedback. It allows teachers to evaluate and improve their teaching practices based on self-assessment, observations, and feedback. Thus, it not only improves teaching methodologies but also benefits students in multiple ways as what and how they are taught keeps improving.
What research says about Reflective Teaching
Friesen, M. D., & Besley, S. C. (2013). Considering the impact of reflective teaching on teacher efficacy and classroom outcomes. Teachers and Teaching, 19(6), 634-646. This study explored the impact of reflective teaching on teacher efficacy and student outcomes. The authors found that teachers who engaged in reflective practice reported feeling more confident in their teaching abilities, and their students demonstrated higher levels of achievement.
Practice in Action
By incorporating reflective teaching into my classroom practice, I have become more effective and responsive to the needs of my students, leading to better learning outcomes and a more positive classroom environment. I seek my students’ feedback using very quick online ‘exist slips’ where they respond to a few questions at the end of lessons to help me understand what they learned and how they feel about the material covered.
I always Include reflection in my lesson plans. I leave a blank space at the bottom of my lesson plan to evaluate and reflect on my teaching.