4/6: Reflective Teaching Practices

Bellwork: In groups of two we spent time reflecting on the following points of this weeks readings:


List 3 strong reflective practioneer practices: (following is a comprehensive list)

  1. Consider different points of view
  2. Examine consequences beyond the puzzle
  3. Pose the problem differently
  4. Constant reflection (Before, During and after)
  5. Knowledge-in-action (reflect on your own experience and/or research of others)
  6. Don’t wait for problem to arise
  7. Realize that your practice can always be improved
  8. Question the power relationships that may be implicit in your practices
  9. Look beyond the classroom to realize limitations and opportunities from outside constraints
  10. Question practices that seem to make teaching easier
  11. Actually apply lessons learned
  12. Lessons learned must be feasible and practical


Name 2 reflective teaching practices that we would like to develop.

  1. Never assume you’ve got nothing left to learn
  2. Don’t keep making the same mistake
  3. Stay open minded and be willing to change
  4. Immediate reflection after a lesson or activity
  5. Remember positive as well as negative
  6. Do not automatically accept/assume the common view of the problem as the correct one
  7. Mindfulness-pay attention to the here and now
  8. Talk/collaborate with other teachers
  9. Tape yourself
  10. Get useful feedback on methodologies early in the school year
  11. Find a way to record your ideas for the future


Think of one common-sense assumption that was challenged or hit you the hardest.

  1. Visiting groups can be perceived as if you do not trust them
  2. Mandated confessionals- students will write what you want to hear, not what they actually think
  3. Group discussion- students often don’t know ho to do it
  4. Students like group discussions – but not all are comfortable with this (may need to think of a variety of learning strategies
  5. The answer is out there- want to believe it but maybe it won’t be (may have to search for it)



·        Greece Central School District posts all of their curriculum guides online

·        Next week: Mock interviews

                                                               i.      Use purple sheets to check out practice interview questions

                                                             ii.      Think of 3 key point to make in an interview: helps to articulate teaching philosophy & keep the big picture in mind

·        5%: Submit something on Blackboard with a self-assessment

                                                               i.      What are you getting out of it?

                                                             ii.      What went well?

                                                            iii.      What didn’t go so well?


Facilitation: Reflective Teaching

For our part as facilitators this week, we asked everyone to come up with a question that wasn’t on the quiz that you would have liked to see OR alter a question that was on the quiz to make it better:

Here are a few examples & critiques that we received:

  • Question #4: A little bit difficult to read- to make it more relatable, link it to movies or shows (similar to the structure of one of the questions on Dylan’s quiz)
  • Would have liked to see an emphasis on the true features of reflection
  • Question: Is the exact answer out there? If not, what do you do to find an answer?


Introduction to Final Quiz: Kristen & Chris

  • Played “eat poop you cat”: Introductory activity that asked everyone to draw pictures & write sentences in responses to the pictures as a way to get the creative juices flowing; very similar to the telephone game and very hilarious!
  • Next Week Quiz Creation
    • Linked together 3 statements with 2 connections to create one question for the final quiz
    • Worked with partners to make connections between three phrases from this terms’ readings then these were posted for the whole class to use as a resource to make questions for our final quiz next week

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