I think it’s so common to prep a lesson, teach the lesson…and move onto the next lesson! I mean, we are under the crunch time of the clock everyday and there doesn’t seem to be enough time at all to really think about the QUALITY of the lessons that I teach each day.
While I think that it’s a challenge to find time to reflect on our lessons, I do see that the solutions to many of the teaching frustrations and ARGH! moments are right there in what we’ve already done. We have the answers right before our very eyes!
Here are four quick questions for you to use post-lesson – I bet if you take 1 minute at the end of the day to reflect, using these questions, tomorrow’s lessons will be even more fantastic-er (not a word, but you get my point!)!
- What went well? What needed adjustment? How can I set this up for success again?
- What instructional skills need to be re-taught to the whole group? Small group? Individuals?
- What instructional routines/behaviors need to be re-taught to the whole group? Small group? Individuals?
- How can I improve my instructional planning for tomorrow and next week?