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Self Reflection For Teachers: New Year, New Teaching Strategies

Enhance your teaching strategies with self-reflection for teachers. Identify strengths, set goals, and access resources for professional growth.
Enhance your teaching strategies with self-reflection for teachers. Identify strengths, set goals, and access resources for professional growth.

New year, new you, new goals. What does that mean for you professionally in 2024? The new year is a great time for self-reflection for teachers. 

Self-reflection is a way to see what we are doing well and where we could make some shifts. This isn’t about discovering flaws to fix. A teacher self-evaluation shouldn’t leave you feeling like you have to change everything all at once. Self-reflection is meant to show you strengths you can double down on or apply to new situations, and to help you make the most of your professional development time. 

Enhance your teaching strategies with self-reflection for teachers. Identify strengths, set goals, and access resources for professional growth.

Some teacher self-reflection examples 

When you regularly reflect on and evaluate your teaching strategies, you continually learn from your experience. This could be as simple as making a note at the end of the day about how a new lesson worked and what you’d do differently next time. It could be a weekly self-check-in about wins and challenges. 

Those on the spot self-evaluations can help you make ongoing adjustments to your teaching strategies, but I also recommend a more formal teacher self-evaluation each quarter or term. You can choose how regularly to do it, but I find a quarter or term is a good amount of time to focus on specific areas that come up. 

Enhance your teaching strategies with self-reflection for teachers. Identify strengths, set goals, and access resources for professional growth.

Teacher self-reflection should focus on a variety of areas: 

  • How you interact with your student
  • How you organize your lessons and time
  • What management strategies you have in place
  • What your assessment & evaluations look like 
  • How you are adapting your lessons for individual differences
  • How you are working with other teachers and evaluating your impact

I’ve created a tool to help you quickly and easily do regular teacher self-evaluations. 

Get your FREE Teacher Self-Evaluation and get started now: 

How to use your teacher self-evaluation

You’ll be rating yourself on 10 different aspects of each of the areas listed above. The first thing to remember is that this isn’t a test you want to get 100 on. The goal is to get a clear and accurate picture of what your teaching looks like right now. 

When you can see clearly what’s working well, you can keep doing those things, but don’t give them a lot of attention. Where you see that you aren’t doing as well, you can choose to focus your actions to adjust your teaching strategies based on your self-reflection. 

The self-evaluation is the first step. What you do next is the part that will make a difference.

Choose one or two areas for development based on your self-evaluation. You may find you have a number of things to work on, but choosing one or two will help you really focus and make a difference. Consider choosing the thing you think will make the biggest impact and one that seems most manageable. 

Enhance your teaching strategies with self-reflection for teachers. Identify strengths, set goals, and access resources for professional growth.

From there, do a little research to help you create an action plan. What will you actually do to improve on your target goal? 

Once you have a plan, you’ll act on it! That may mean learning and incorporating new strategies into your teaching or perhaps implementing new strategies. 

Your plan will be individualized based on your self-assessment and choices of goals, but you’ll find a comprehensive resource to address various areas in the Top Notch Teaching Literacy Club.

In the Club, you’ll find a variety of resources to meet various professional development goals. For example, maybe you need a more effective approach to early finishers, and you’ll find lots of activities to include for them, without you having to come up with and create the resources. If you want to be more effective and efficient in planning lessons, I recommend a scope and sequence. You’ll find one in the club — along with resources to help you teach the lessons in it. 

Looking to bring more innovative and interactive lessons to your classroom? The Club has those. 

Ready to engage in more cross-curricular activities? You’ll find those in the Club too! 

Teaching reading willy-nilly and ready to improve teaching with the Science of Reading? The Club has you covered. 

And that’s just a start of what you’ll find. 

Your professional development and classroom activity resources are ready for you. 

So do a self-evaluation. Set your goals. Tap into the Top Notch Literacy Club to help you implement the changes you want to make. And then at the end of the timeframe you chose, go through the evaluation again. It’s likely your scores will have changed, and you can set new goals and create a new plan.

Enhance your teaching strategies with self-reflection for teachers. Identify strengths, set goals, and access resources for professional growth.

 

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