No matter how many times you teach a course, whether it’s your first time or your fifteenth, there are always things you would like to change. But keeping track of those brilliant ideas for changes during a busy semester can be a challenge.
After each lesson, it’s a good idea to take notes on your lesson plan, including
- What worked/didn’t work
- Questions that students asked that you need to follow up on
- An example that you would like to remember to use next time
- Additional resources you would have liked to have with you
The cycle of reflective practice invites you to reflect and make notes on your course on a daily, weekly, and semesterly basis.
What is reflective practice?
The process of reflection is a cycle which needs to be repeated:
- Self-assess the effect your teaching had on learning;
- Consider new ways of teaching which can improve the quality of learning;
- Try these ideas in practice; then
- Repeat the process.
For more about reflective practice, see Getting Started with Reflective Practice from the Cambridge International Education Teaching Team.