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Why Self-Reflection Is So Important

Updated: Jul 5

Why is self-reflection so important?


When we take the time to reflect on what we're doing with our students, it prompts us to see what's working and what adjustments need to be made. It's a continuous cycle of teaching, reflecting and adjusting. That's how we grow as professionals. This is also how we ensure we are meeting the needs of learners and that they are being set up to be successful.


The same can be said for students. Self-reflection promotes growth in students as well. The difference is that students will need to be taught explicitly how to self-reflect, it may not come as naturally.


Have students choose a few learning tasks and identify what went well with those tasks. Show them how to be specific.


For example, "This writing task went well because I used a lot of descriptive words such as..."


"My next step to improve is to reduce the number of times I repeat the same words."


Providing students with the opportunity to stop and reflect gives them agency in their learner. They will be more engaged when they can see their successes and identify their next steps.


In what ways do you embed self-reflection in your practice?



The Guided Teacher Planner provides space for teachers to reflect on their practice so they can keep track of what their own learning throughout the school year.


Are you ready to grow as a professional?


The Guided Teacher Planner is available for pre-order! Order yours now and have it before the start of the next school year!


Why is self-reflection so important?


When we take the time to reflect on what we're doing with our students, it prompts us to see what's working and what adjustments need to be made. It's a continuous cycle of teaching, reflecting and adjusting. That's how we grow as professionals. This is also how we ensure we are meeting the needs of learners and that they are being set up to be successful.


The same can be said for students. Self-reflection promotes growth in students as well. The difference is that students will need to be taught explicitly how to self-reflect, it may not come as naturally.


Have students choose a few learning tasks and identify what went well with those tasks. Show them how to be specific.


For example, "This writing task went well because I used a lot of descriptive words such as..."


"My next step to improve is to reduce the number of times I repeat the same words."


Providing students with the opportunity to stop and reflect gives them agency in their learner. They will be more engaged when they can see their successes and identify their next steps.


In what ways do you embed self-reflection in your practice?



The Guided Teacher Planner provides space for teachers to reflect on their practice so they can keep track of what their own learning throughout the school year.


Are you ready to grow as a professional?


The Guided Teacher Planner is available for pre-order! Order yours now and have it before the start of the next school year!






















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