Reflective Teaching Practices

The key to improving the caliber of teaching is through critical reflection & conscious action.  It is through conscious examination of our teaching experiences that we are able to raise our own levels of awareness as to what is helping and what is hindering learning.  It is when we decide how what we just learned from one experience will impact what we are about to experience that we empower ourselves.

Reflective Teaching Practices

Reflective Teaching Practices is more than just thinking about what happened

Reflection is an important step

Reflection is normally reserved as a term to help teachers become better practitioners. TESOL Trainers, Inc. provides the tools to not only help teachers inform and transform‚ĄĘ their teaching practices but also gives teachers strategies and techniques to help their students become fully aware of their own learning and fully capable of sharing what is helping and hindering their success.¬†

The main goal of this theme is to provide teachers and institutions with the necessary seeds to plant systemic change and the tools to care for them as they grow, adapt, and expand across the curriculum.  Giving teachers the tools they need to become reflective teachers is more than explaining the benefits of reflection.  Like students, teachers too need to be scaffolded into success.  

We assume that everyone knows how to reflect on teaching and learning and what to do after they reflect in order to make positive changes.  Research indicates this is not the case.  Teacher need the KASA (Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, Awareness) to be effective reflective practitioners.  TESOL Trainers can give teachers these skills

Thinking about a lesson you just taught does not automatically mean the next lesson will be better.  Change is rarely that easy.

  1. We need to separate the teacher from the teaching.  It's hard to objectively look back if I'm not clear on what I am evaluating.
  2. We must be critical in identifying what helped/hindered learning by pushing our own levels of awareness.
  3. We also must be rigorous in detailing conscious steps we will take to improve our teaching practice.  This builds a bridge from past to future experiences.
Sharing how your reflection will impact your future is critical.

Teachers don't encourage "shot in the dark" learning nor should they rely on this kind of approach to their skills development.

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TESOL Trainers offers powerful reflective tools that transform teaching & learning.

Participants who attend a workshop on the Principles of Reflective Teaching can expect to:

  • Refine their understanding of the role reflection plays in teaching and in learning.
  • Understand the Experiential Learning Cycle (ELC), the process and its components
  • Develop the ability to use the ELC as a vehicle for informing and transforming‚ĄĘ one`s practice.
  • Build the awareness and the tools to notice what helps and hinders learning.
  • Gain strategies and techniques for promoting reflection within student
  • Acquire strategies for observing one`s own teaching and peer`s teaching.
  • Enhance¬†one`s ability to give and receive feedback in a constructive manner.

TESOL Trainers can design a workshop on reflective teaching and reflective learning to meet the needs and constraints of any institution. There are many benefits to working with TESOL Trainers. Here are but a few that you can expect:

  • Learner Centered - The driving principle behind all workshops is that the leaner must be 100% engaged in the learning process.
  • Experiential -¬†All activities are hands-on approaches to explore the guiding principles & strategies behind each technique.
  • Adaptable - The techniques and strategies covered can be used the next day in the classroom without hours of preparation.
  • Research-Based - Every strategy and technique is based on sound research of learning and teaching principles.
  • Needs-Based - Every workshop is designed and delivered with the specific needs of the institution and the goals of the intervention.

Please Contact us for detailed information on how we can help your educational institution set all teachers and learners up for success.

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