Why should I reflect on my teaching?

As part of the EYE requirements, new teachers are expected to write quarterly reflection logs for their first three years of teaching.  But more importantly, a teacher who writes down his reflections is more apt to thoughtfully change and improve his teaching practices.  

In the blog post “9 Tips for First Year Teachers,” Dr. Monica Bomengen states:

“If there is anything I have learned through the Elementary Education program, it is reflect, reflect, reflect!  This is especially important for first year teachers because now is the time to truly go through each lesson, correcting and polishing—trust me, you will appreciate it during your second year!  Don’t ever forget to reflect on the good things you did as well.  Remind yourself that you are a good teacher, you went to school for teaching, and you can do it.” (http://www.readinghorizons.com/blog/post/2010/08/16/9-Tips-for-First-Year-Teachers.aspx)

Now that you’ve just had Spring Break, it’s a perfect opportunity to reflect on how the year has gone so far and set some goals for this year, and next year.  

Reflection doesn't always have to be a quarterly, formal document.   For instance, it might be as simple as using a post-it note to make a note on a lesson plan about how you might want to adjust the lesson for future years.  

What are some of the other types of reflection that you do that help improve your practice?  Please leave us your ideas in the comment section.  We'll get a little reward out through district mail for those of you who share!

Thanks for your hard work! 

The PEAKS Team

Thanks to those of you who participated in our PEAKS meeting last night.  We hope that it was beneficial to those of you who attended.  It was a large group, and we sure appreciated having you all there.  Remember that you receive a $150 stipend for attending 3 of the 5 PEAKS new teacher meetings.  Our next meetings are on March 14 & May 22.  

If you weren't able to attend the meetings, check out the new page called PD Materials.  You can download the handouts and the powerpoint from the meeting.  

We'd like to dedicate some time in our March meeting to technology.  If you have specific technology questions that you think might benefit the group, please send them our way.  Ideas that were brainstormed at last nights meeting are:
How to email parents using skyward
Using an iPad in the classroom
Taking advantage of Pioneer Library & UTIPS

I'm sending treats to the first 10 readers who comment on our blog, so comment away!

The PEAKS Team
Welcome to the first ever CSD new teacher blog! This blog has been established to help you as first, second and third year teachers, get information about new teacher events and share your amazing accomplishments. We will be using this blog to support each other on our fantastic journey as we SCALE THE HIGHEST PEAKS!
We will post monthly on various topics. Please comment on these posts so that we can learn from each other. The first post is a survey that will help us design the January PEAKS meeting. We are using this as a test of the blog, so please participate in this very quick survey.