You Should Never Reflect on Practice

One thing that drives me crazy is when a teacher reflects on their practice. I mean we are all told we should reflect on our practice. The goal is obviously to improve, but I'm going to tell you why you should never reflect on your practice and tell you what I think you should do instead.

Reason 1 - Reflecting on Practice is Shallow

Whenever I see reflections teachers have written it is normally in response to 2 questions:

  1. What worked well?
  2. What didn't?

And that is it. I then see teachers think back to their lessons and make comments like, "the students really enjoyed the practical lesson on cultural activities" or "the students didn't seem to like having to present to the class". This type of reflection is super shallow and really will not lead to great improvements in your teaching or your students' learning.

Reason 2 - Reflecting on Practice is Subjective

You can see in my 2 example statements above just how subjective things can be, the word "seem" comes in...

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