Teach, Reflect, Learn.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Of all the books that I've read over the past four years, Pete Hall's book Teach Reflect Learn changed my teaching the most. Learning to reflect each day and learn from my successes and failures continues to make me a better teacher. I reflect in many ways:
1. If a student is not willing to cooperate during a lesson, I might start writing, and ask the student how I should end my observation: "I asked BC to start writing in his notebook. He chose to....." When a student understands that their actions are being recorded in my observation/reflection book, actions often change.
2. I keep a checklist and write about each student on a monthly basis. This helps me to follow both positive and negative actions.
3. I also write about lessons that were well received, or not received well. Sometimes I can find a pattern to why something is successful, and continue the pattern.
The first year that I started my daily writing, I accepted a 6 week challenge to reflect each school day. At the end of the 6 weeks, Pete Hall spoke at the SAU 24 Common Day Workshop. Instead of having him sign my copy of HIS book, I had him sign my reflection book. It was an amazing day for me, and since then, I've continued to practice daily reflections of my classroom. Either I run the classroom or the classroom runs me!
Currently, I am working on an Action Research Project. The foundation of the research is built upon the same practice of teaching, reflect, learn. I'm already seeing great results from the project.
In my personal life, I started using the Full Focus Daily Planner by Michael Hyatt. This book is also built around the concept of both planning and reflection time. I like the quote by Jim John; "Either you run the day, or the day runs you." I'm growing because I'm focused on spending my energy on what will build up my students and myself.