Regular reflection is necessary for learning any kind of difficult skill – but it’s especially true for learning how to teach. 

And for teachers, the most effective way to reflect and improve is to watch video of yourself in action.

When you watch yourself, focus on your actions and think about the impact they had on student learning.  Then think about what you would do differently next time, and why.

Here are a few prompts you can use to jumpstart your reflection.

  • A better teaching strategy at this point might have been ____ because ___
  • I could have gotten better student responses if ____ because ___
  • I think that I could have improved _____ because ____
  • I noticed in the video that I missed key student responses, so I need to be sure to ____