Sunday, April 13, 2014

Reflecting on Your Professional Learning

(Note: This post was created as a continuation of the post "Professional Growth for (New) (Math) Teachers", but it is general enough to apply to any recently professional learning experience.)

How do you reflect after a professional learning experience?

You might begin by responding to a few good questions, like: 
  • How has your thinking changed? 
  • What is important for you to remember from the experience? 
  • How does what you learned align with your personal goals?
  • Who else needs to learn this?
That last one is huge! If you have a blog, consider writing a post so that your learning becomes public and permanent.
If you don't have a blog, maybe it's time to start one? If so, help is available.

Here are two nice options for framing a written reflection:

Option 1: What, So What, Now What?
  • What have you learned?
  • So what? How will that impact your practice? 
  • Now what? What do you want to learn next?
Option 2: Mirror the Reflecting Conversation structure from Cognitive Coaching.
  • How did it go?
  • How do you know?
  • Why is that so?
  • How did you grow?
  • How did this help you know?
Hey, congratulations on your new learning!
Now... what's next for you?

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