Podcast: A Reflection on Reflection (And What Stops It From Working)

Reflection in Teacher Development

There's a Zen saying about reflection, "We cannot see our reflection in running water. Only in still water can we see it." How many teachers have time to reflect on their teaching?

The Reflective Cycle

Plan-teach-reflect, plan-teach-reflect - the reflective cycle is drummed into new teachers, but what does reflection actually mean? We look at why reflection is important, the barriers that stop teachers from reflecting and how to overcome some of these.

Stages in Reflection

  1. Description
  2. Feelings
  3. Evaluation
  4. Analysis
  5. Conclusions
  6. Action Plan

For more great teaching tips by Penny Ur (as quoted on the podcast), check out 100 Great Teaching Tips (below) and for more ideas on professional development for language teachers check out Jack Richards' book, Professional Development for Language Teachers (as quoted by Ross on the podcast).

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