Use reflection as a learning opportunity. Defuse potentially harmful moments by having students reflect on their unacceptable behavior. This forces students to think about the situation and come to terms with why their actions were inappropriate. True interest in students' personal development will result in more respect and interest from students.
Write out your reflections for each lesson. Before a lesson, identify one or two aspects to consider. After the lesson, ask yourself what you did well and what could be improved. Keep your reflections organized by storing the lessons and reflections together. This may mean keeping files in your computer in the same folder as the lesson files or keeping a journal. Make sure you look back at your reflections and make the necessary improvements before teaching the same lesson, project, or unit the next time around.
Reflect on student learning. Develop a system to reflect on what each student is learning. Try to determine what the student truly comprehends. What do their eyes tell you? Ask questions that require critical thinking such as “What is the most important part of this topic?” There may not be a right or wrong answer; however, you will be able to judge the extent of their understanding. Remember, it's better to have students struggling and engaged in the material than have students completely removed from the lesson.
- Incorporate technology into the idea of reflection. Your students may be already spending time in cyberspace, so take advantage of their interests and skills by asking them to blog about their mathematical ideas. One idea is to have them post an initial response to a discussion question and require them to also reflect on two other students’ posts.
For additional resources on reflection, including professional development, research articles and classroom ideas, visit the Reflection Resource Page.