Reflective Teaching: Evaluating Your Own Instruction

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Introduction

Instructors design lessons, teach students, and assess student understanding on a daily basis, but how often do instructor's evaluate their own instruction? Evaluating instruction is a critical practice for any instructor to understand his or her personal biases, methods, tones, preferences, and other characteristics that may influence student learning. The problem with doing this is that self-evaluating instruction is not always an intuitive process and it can be difficult to integrate into regular teaching practices. This mini-course is going to provide interested participants with the opportunity to learn how to integrate reflective teaching practices in their instruction for the purpose of evaluating it.

Upon completing this mini-course, the participant will:

  • explain how reflective teaching may assist him/her in evaluating his/her instruction.
  • integrate a reflective teaching strategy into his/her own evaluative process of his/her instruction.
  • will express a stronger appreciation for the benefits of integrating reflective teaching.

Who Will Benefit From This Course
This mini-course is designed for individuals who provide instruction to others. The concepts in this course are applicable to instructors in a variety of instructional institutions, including K-12 schools, higher education, and corporate settings.

About This Mini-Course

This mini-course spans four different units. The progression of the units is designed to help the participant gain a theoretical understanding of the topic and move towards practical application of the concepts. In this mini-course, the participant will engage in a variety of activities as he/she works towards the learning objectives.

The learning activities in this mini-course include:

  • reading course materials, including articles
  • watching educational video
  • reflecting on instructional experiences
  • writing responses to various writing prompts
  • reviewing and applying reflective teaching strategies

To get the most out of this course, the participant needs to:

  • read and view all course materials
  • complete all learning experiences
  • apply what you learn at your instructional setting

Course of Study

Click on the title of the unit you would like to begin. The units are intended to be completed in the order listed below.

Bwestrightarrows.png Unit 1: What is Reflective Teaching?

  • Upon reading and viewing course materials regarding the theoretical concepts behind reflective teaching, the participant will be able to justify why reflective teaching is an important practice for instructors through reflective journaling.

Bwestrightarrows.png Unit 2: Evaluating Instruction

  • After reviewing the components involved with evaluating instruction, the participant will reflect on his/her processes for evaluating his/her instruction by completing a checklist of evaluative strategies used in his/her instructional setting.

Bwestrightarrows.png Unit 3: Strategies for Self-Evaluating Instruction

  • Given a range of reflective teaching strategies, the participant will rate the viability of using each strategy in his/her classroom by comparing and contrasting various reflective teaching strategies.

Bwestrightarrows.png Unit 4: Developing an Evaluation Plan

  • Given a set of guidelines, the participant will design an action plan for implementing a reflective teaching strategy to evaluate their instruction.