What is Reflective Teaching? - Definition & Methods

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Instructor: Mary Firestone
Find out what reflective teaching is and how to apply it in your teaching practice. Learn basic methods of reflective teaching. Read the lesson, then take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Definition of Reflective Teaching

Reflective teaching is a process where teachers think over their teaching practices, analyzing how something was taught and how the practice might be improved or changed for better learning outcomes. Some points of consideration in the reflection process might be what is currently being done, why it's being done and how well students are learning. You can use reflection as a way to simply learn more about your own practice, improve a certain practice (small groups and cooperative learning, for example) or to focus on a problem students are having. Let's discuss some methods of reflective teaching now.

Method 1: Keep a Journal

After each class, take some notes about what was taught and how students responded, positive or negative. Did they understand the material? Do you need more prep time to effectively teach the lesson? Reflect on this information at the end of the day. Use a journal, noting what you could do differently or what worked well.

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