Usually, when I ask students to write reflective pieces to accompany their portfolios, I ask them to reflect on their work and to think about the way their writing demonstrates (or doesn’t!) their skills and weaknesses as writers. This lets us chart a course moving forward through the rest of the semester.
Because of the nature of the work we’ve been doing in this practicum, though, that’s not going to work very well for us.
So, instead, I want you to focus on your teaching journal, your observation, and your research plan.
- What patterns do you see emerging from your journal? Patterns in student behavior, in your behavior as a teacher, and in the way(s) you respond to students and to their writing?
- What are the points your observer made in their observation of your class?
- How do these points relate to what you see yourself in your teaching journal?
- What points did you make in your own observation report? How do these relate to your classroom?
- How do you see your research plan (the topic you’re researching for your research project) connecting with, and improving, your teaching practice? (This may be more about what you hope the research project will bring to your teaching, and that’s okay at this point.)