The time we take to reflect on our week allows us to pivot, and adjust the things that aren’t working in our program.
Taking time to reflect on your day or week is especially important when you are starting a new routine or changing a regular routine.
Reflecting on your week:
As you wrap up your weekly lessons, take some time to reflect on what worked, what didn't work, and where you might have gaps in your lesson plans, or need to make changes to your daily routine. Taking this time each week will help you plan your future lessons, and schedule your days more effectively. You'll be able to add more of what works into your future lessons, and adjust the things that aren't working.
Some Questions you can ask yourself:
What went well this week?
What didn't go well?
What can I change?
Did my lessons achieve their desired outcome?
free reflection form
To help make it easier for you to record your thoughts, I've created this free reflection form for you. Place copies in your planning binder to make it easier for you to remember to include reflection during your planning time.
Make it timely
Reflection is more accurate if it's timely. Consider jotting down daily notes of what you see working, or not working. Add some time to your weekly lesson planning routine to reflect on the past week's lesson.
Reflecting on your students
In addition to reflecting on your weekly plans, and routine it's important to take time to reflect on your students. As you think of their week, and record your observations, ask yourself:
What skills did my student struggle with?
What did my student find boring?
What time of day did behavior challenges occur?
What can I change, or adjust, to make things more or less challenging for my preschooler?
Give your students opportunities for self reflection
Just as it's important for you to take time as an educator to reflect, it's also important for you to encourage your students to take time for introspection.
Helping young children to recognize their own feelings, recognize the feelings of others, and learn how their actions and behavior affects others, is an important part of their social development.
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Reflection is an important part of self care
Reflection is also important in our personal lives. It allows us to look upon our day and reflect on how our habits, and actions contribute to the wellness, success, and happiness of ourselves and others.
Taking some time for reflection will help you to recognize daily patterns, discover your students interests, help you avoid behavioral problems, and highlight the ways your students learn best-ultimately serving as a powerful tool to help you create effective and engaging lesson plans to support your students.
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