Essay on Reflection On Reflecting With Students
I consider myself a reflective learner.
But what does that really mean?
I don’t know exactly when I started reflecting on my classroom practice, but it was very early on. Maybe even that first year as the year ended. And I moved from my first Kindergarten job to the second kindergarten job in a different district. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and more importantly, what I didn’t want to do. In other words, I learned a lot that first year!
Soon, I started thinking about that sooner….around April. So I spent May and June experimenting on my class to see what new things I wanted to perfect and implement right away in the fall. The kids loved it, although they had no idea I was experimenting. They just thought I was changing up the routine!
Experimenting in the spring has become a tradition now. I ponder what worked and what didn’t and how I can make it better. I move the room around, try some crazy lesson. Ask for student feedback on that crazy lesson. Anything new that I want to have perfected for the new class coming up I try out in the spring.
And the reflective learner in me was born!
Now I reflect on my practice throughout the year and I think I have gotten much better at it. I ask myself questions, and I ponder the answers. Sometimes I ask the same questions year after year…and sometimes my answer changes!
My new favorite question…..
What would my mentor/s do in this situation? Ha, I learned that question just last year and it…