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.

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