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I consider myself a reflective person. I have participated in many professional development opportunities that are built upon self-reflection, the National Writing Project, National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards, and NCTE Donald Graves Award for teaching writing. Each of these organizations or awards requires self-reflection around the teaching of literacy.

Voxer is another way that I am a reflective teacher. I am involved in three chats at the moment, and each one encourages me to reflect on myself as a writer, a teacher, and a person.

This week Donna Donner asked a question on the Good to Great Voxer chat about self-assessment, and I began to question my ability to pass on this reflective mindset to my students.

Dr. Mary Howard (@DrMaryHoward) in her response to Donna had some great points about self-reflection of students.

  • Ask students “What did you learn about yourself as a reader, writer, listener, researcher…?”
  • Students should reflect outwardly: with a teacher in conferring or with another student in turn and talk.
  • Focus must remain on the learner.
  • Not a task, but a mindset.
  • The teacher must be self-reflective to help students be self-reflective.

I want to pay more attention to this thing I do naturally.  How did I become a reflective teacher?  What steps can I offer my students toward more active self-reflection?  I believe, like Mary, that it needs to be more than a task (a checklist).  It must become part of the fabric of being a life-long learner.  Self-reflection done well has the potential to change the way students think about themselves and about their responsibility to their own learning.



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