No matter what stage in life you are at, you will never be at the point where you have nothing left to learn. As educators we have adopted a conscious practice of reflective teaching.
Reflective teaching is a process where teachers or educators think over their teaching practices. They then analyse how something was taught and how the lesson might be improved or changed for better learning outcomes.
This means that after each classroom session we think about the class for the purpose of improvement. We ask ourselves questions such as:
- Why do we do this?
- How did the class go?
- Were the students all engaging?
- What can we change to make the next class better?
We take notes during the class and discuss the class with other trainers afterwards. We invite other educators to view our sessions. We have recorded our lessons and reviewed them ourselves.
Why do we think this is important? If we don't reflect then we might only focus on the experiences of the louder students, or the students that we found it easier to build a rapport with. If we think the session went well, and without reviewing critically, we might miss an opportunity to tweak something to make it even better.
Student feedback is great, but having the skills to review yourself, or having the support to be reviewed by your peers really compliments the process.
Do you practice reflective teaching in your classes?