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The Will to Reflect

The Will to Reflect

It is no secret that as a teacher you will put more time into your craft than you originally thought as you sat in that college class. It is no secret that many of your students will show progress and mastery. It is no secret that there will always be new research practices that show a new way of teaching a particular skill.

As a garden that is watered and weeded has the potential to grow into a beautiful nursery, our life career as an educator also has the potential to become something spectacular! Far too often some may think that we are doing fine and that there is no need for change. Well, guess what? We can always do better with a continuous growth mindset.

In Klein ISD we believe in High Quality Teaching, and Ehrhardt exemplifies that mission. My colleagues and I agree that to be truly effective, and make the biggest impact, you have to be vulnerable and take a good look at your current practices and beliefs. Yes, things can be going great. Yes, your lessons may be creative. Yes, most of your students may understand the concepts being taught. However, to be a true educator and forever learner, you need to be willing to always reflect and find ways that will motivate all students. We want to be responsive to our students’ needs at all times.

With that being said, there will be walkthroughs – administrators will come into your room and evaluate your teaching, evaluate your students learning, and may give suggestions on how to take a different approach. Do not think you are doing anything wrong, just look at it as if you are being watered. Their ideas might work or they might not, but at least reflect on those ideas. At least be willing to look into yourself and see if you can approach your teaching from a different angle. Keep your ego out of it! As scary as it may be to try something new, it is important to consider what you might gain and what your students could potentially gain. Also, when we all work together as a team, your campus will develop into something wonderful. We are stronger together when we share ideas and collaborate. And for this reason, reflection is key for growth.


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