Back to: Learning and Teaching – Unit 4
Reflective teaching is a process where teachers look back at their teaching practices and find ways how their teaching methods can be improved or changed for the better learning of students. They could find out by looking at how well students are answering in class and the results of the tests. A teacher reflects on their teaching process to learn about their practice and think if it’s working for the students learning process. By self-observation and self-evaluation, teachers can improve their teaching techniques. Through reflecting on one’s teaching style, teachers will be good at their job and provide an effective learning experience for the students.
Objectives of Reflective Teaching
Following are the objectives of reflective teaching:
Reflective teaching will help the educators in their professional growth. By reflecting on their teaching process, the teachers will get a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and this will help in their professional development.
Reflective teaching leads to innovative methods and techniques of teaching by the educator. Reflective teaching allows teachers to find innovative ways to make the class activities interesting and fun for the students.
Enhances Problem-Solving Skills
Reflective teaching also helps in the improvement of the teacher’s problem-solving skills. It’ll allow them to come up with new techniques and strategies to make the learning process easy and simple for students. This skill will not only help the teachers in their career growth but overcome their problems as well.
Examples of Reflective Teaching in Education
Peer observations can be a helpful way for understanding one’s teaching techniques. With the help of peer observation, the teacher can understand in which aspects he/she shall improve for effective teaching in the classroom.
Record class lessons
Recording class lessons can be an effective way of analyzing one’s class lessons. The teachers can notice things that they were not aware of. This can be a helpful way of understanding one’s way of teaching.
After classes teachers can ask for feedback from students as to what teaching techniques they prefer, what can be improved, or if they are satisfied with the teaching process. Getting the feedback of students is essential because it enables teachers to acknowledge whether their teaching methods are being effective or not.
The teachers may understand if the students are getting what’s being taught in the class while evaluating the tests or exam papers. The grades of the students may help the teacher in knowing how well students are taking in the information being discussed in the classroom.
The teacher can make notes after every class to understand how the lessons were taught and how the students respond. This way the teacher will understand his/her strengths and weaknesses and can improve the teaching techniques.
Reflective teaching is an important concept. It can help a teacher largely in the way he/she functions in the classroom. Reflective teaching allows us to know what works best for the interest of the students. This will lead to both effective teaching and the learning process.