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.
The Major Characteristics of Reflective Teaching
The major characteristics of reflective teaching are as follows:
1. The ability to reflect upon one’s teaching practice and identify the strengths and weaknesses from it.
2. Focusing on self-improvement for better teaching practices as well as for professional growth.
3. It is based on the teacher’s self-observation and self-evaluation of their teaching methods.
4. Open-mindedness towards one’s own teaching practices and willingness to improve for the best.
5. Helps teachers to come up with new teaching techniques and strategies that are easy and interesting for the students.
5. Leads to innovative methods and techniques of teaching by the educator.
6. Allows the teachers to improve their problem-solving skills.
Concept of Reflective Teaching
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. Following this process will be helpful for both the teachers and students as it will lead to effective teaching as well as a learning experience. Such a teacher is on the way to a successful path as well as leads his/her students to success.