A primary goal of Reflections is to enhance your capacity to critically reflect on your practice. You can become more reflective about your practice before and after teaching lessons by pausing and asking questions like the following:
- What am I trying to accomplish mathematically with this lesson?
- What tasks will I provide to meet my goals for student learning?
- What are the key questions that I will pose to help my students develop mathematical understanding, and why are these questions key?
- Why am I teaching this content, and why am I teaching it in this way?
- How do I create a classroom environment that fosters student engagement and learning?
- How will I know whether my goals have been accomplished and whether my students have learned what I planned?
The array of analyses, reflective tasks based on others’ teaching, and personal reflections based on your own teaching is an excellent starting place for building the capacity to be a more reflective practitioner.