If you have ever been in my presence or one of my workshops, you will hear me say that I am always self-analyzing, always being self-reflective, and always looking for feedback. It’ s through my reflection that I am changing, forever learning the “how to’s” of educating. Simply, taking the time to ask myself a few questions like, “What went well and how do I know? What do I need to change and why? What did I do to learn something new about a student or my students today?” helps me to plan for the next time and correct the errors of today tomorrow. That is- as long as I am honest in my response to “me” because sometimes the answers (we must give ourselves) are not going to be the flowering glows we would prefer to hear.
But, let me say, if you can be or have been critical of practice for the better, you may be ready for this next opportunity to look at your practice in the mirror. It’s definitely not a new practice. And, it’s a practice that shouldn’t cause uneasiness for teachers but still causes many anxiety attacks when they see you walking towards their door. Yes, the “informal teacher observation.”
I encourage teachers to take a few deep breaths and think of this process as a tool. As teachers, we can get so enthralled in the teaching that we may miss that teachable moment, not realize we did something grand, or just wish we had another set of eyes watching and ears listening to our “teacher moves.”
It’s never too late to join the movement.