Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Reflective Teachers Teaching Reflective Students

Reflection is the core skill for both good teaching and personal growth. Teachers who reflect on their successes and failures can thrive even in difficult classroom situations. They can grow to become masterful educators and touch hundreds of minds. The same is true of anyone - if we can reflect on what went well and what could have gone differently, we grow, we evolve, and we become better people and members of our community.

 

Reflection and personal growth are not things that can be tested by filling in bubbles - but they can be taught. Teachers need to be taught to reflect on their practice and improve from year to year, from day to day, and even from lesson to lesson. Teachers must teach their students the same thing: failure is a learning experience, and things can be overcome.

 

Teacher Leadership and education in general would be improved by teaching reflection to all ages. This could come in the form of Peer Learning Communities across districts, Critical Friends within schools, and Restorative Justice for students. It could be through Student-Led Meetings, child-centered instruction, or any other ways.

 

Districts should spend their resources allowing teachers to develop a reflective protocol based on existing forms, and then spread that reflection to their students. Looking inward will increase morale, efficacy, and success for all.

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