One of the 2014 Resolutions that I made for the 2014-15 school year was to be more reflective about my teaching. I’ve been doing a decent job of keeping up with recording the exact lessons and assignments that coordinate to my various class periods, but that’s not truly reflecting; that’s recording. This is what it looks like:
As the pages of my planner flipped over to September, I realized that it would be the perfect occasion to seek out an organized blogging/writing challenge for educators. The last of my teaching friends will be returning to school on Tuesday, and I’ve got two whole weeks of classroom experience to call upon for my upcoming blogging entries. This would be the perfect scenario for reflective writing and getting back into my own writing.
After Google-searching for “September Blogging Challenges” and “Reflective Teaching,” I found the link below and the 30-day challenge topics
Write your goals for the school year. Be as specific or abstract as you’d like to be!
Write about one piece of technology that you would like to try this year, and why. You might also write about what you’re hoping to see out of this edtech integration.
Discuss one “observation” area that you would like to improve on for your teacher evaluation.
Respond: What do you love the most about teaching?
Post a picture of your classroom, and describe what you see–and what you don’t see that you’d like to.
Explain: What does a good mentor “do”?
Who was or is your most inspirational colleague, and why?
What’s in your desk drawer, and what can you infer from those contents?
Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about (or may not care).
Share five random facts about yourself.
Share four things from your bucket list.
Share three things that you hope for this year, as a “person” or an educator.
Share two things that have made you laugh or cry as an educator.
Share one thing you wish more people knew about you.
What is your favorite part of the school day and why?
How do you envision your teaching changing over the next five years?
Name the top edtech tools that you use on a consistent basis in the classroom, and rank them in terms of their perceived (by you) effectiveness.
What is feedback for learning, and how well do you give it to students?
Name three strengths you have as an educator.
If you could have one superpower to use in the classroom, what would it be and how would it help?
What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today?
Create a metaphor/simile/analogy that describes your teaching philosophy. For example, a “teacher is a ________…”
Name three powerful students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often.
How do you curate student work–or help them do it themselves?
Do you have other hobbies/interests that you bring into your classroom teaching? Explain.
What does your PLN look like, and what does it to for your teaching?
Write about one way that you “meaningfully” involve the community in the learning in your classroom. If you don’t yet do so, discuss one way you could get started.
Which learning trend captures your attention the most, and why? (Mobile learning, project-based learning, game-based learning, etc.)
The ideal collaboration between students–what would it look like?
What are your three favorite go-to sites for help/tips/resources in your teaching?
What role do weekends and holidays play in your teaching?
Respond: Should technology drive curriculum, or vice versa?
How have you changed as an educator since you first started?
What would you do (as a teacher) if you weren’t afraid?
Reflective Teaching Questions: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers
I cannot wait to get started. I’ve already created my banner for the first day: