Reflective practice questions

Teachers can use the following reflective practice questions when reflecting on their teaching practice.

Useful questions for reflective practice:

  1. What is happening? What can I do to re-engage students in this lesson?
  2. Why am I reacting in this way?
  3. How can I reword the instructions?
  4. What worked in this lesson? How do I know?
  5. Why did things happen that way?
  6. What were my intentions when I did that?
  7. What triggered such a response from me?
  8. What would I do the same or differently if I could reteach this lesson? Why?
  9. What root cause might be prompting or perpetuating this student behaviour?
  10. What do I believe about how students learn?
  11. How does this belief influence my instruction?
  12. What data do I need to make an informed decision about this problem?
  13. Is this the most efficient way to accomplish this task?
  14. Where did I succeed as a teacher in the past?
  15. What is my top teaching goal for the coming year?
  16. What can I do to make my teaching more fun while adding to my students' learning and enjoyment?
  17. What can I do to be more proactive in my professional development?
  18. What do I need to resolve in order to move forward more optimistically and with a fresh mind?
  19. What types of students do I need to spend more time focusing on?
  20. Which lessons or units am I only continuing to perform out of habit or laziness?
  21. Are there any aspects of the profession that I am ignoring due to lack of knowledge or fear of change (for example technology)?
  22. How can I increase valuable parental involvement?
  23. Have I done enough to foster a productive relationship with my supervisor?
  24. Do I still enjoy teaching? If not, what can I do to increase my enjoyment in my chosen profession?
  25. Do I bring additional stress upon myself? If so, how can I decrease or eliminate it?
  26. How have my beliefs about learning and pedagogy changed?
  27. What minor and/or major changes can I make to my academic program in order to directly increase my students' learning?

The Edunator site (opens in a new window) also provides a list of questions to assist teachers and support teacher reflection.

Visit the department's Beginning Teacher information hub

Join the department's Beginning Teacher Support Network on Yammer

Return to top of page Back to top