Teachers: Think About It!
Last week, I posted 20 End of the Year Reflection Questions for Students. This week, the focus is on teachers. Here are 20 questions to ask yourself about your school year. Some of these would also make good discussion questions for a staff debriefing or for student teachers/interns.
- What are some things you accomplished this year that you are proud of?
- What is something you tried in your classroom this year for the first time? How did it go?
- What is something you found particularly frustrating this year?
- Which student in your class do you think showed the most improvement? Why do you think this student did so well?
- What is something you would change about this year if you could?
- What is one way that you grew professionally this year?
- Who amongst your colleagues was the most helpful to you?
- What has caused you the most stress this year?
- When was a time this year that you felt joyful and/or inspired about the work that you do?
- What do you hope your students remember most about you as a teacher?
- In what ways were you helpful to your colleagues this year?
- What was the most valuable thing you learned this year?
- What was the biggest mistake you made this year? How can you avoid making the same mistake in the future?
- What is something you did this year that went better than you thought it would?
- What part of the school day is your favorite? Why?
- What were your biggest organizational challenges this year?
- Who was your most challenging student? Why?
- In what ways did you change the lives of your students this year?
- Pretend that you get to set your own salary for this past year based on the job that you did. How much do you feel that you earned? (The number you come up with should be in no way based on your current salary – rather, come up with a number that truly reflects how you should be compensated for your work this year.)
- Knowing what you know now, would you still choose to be a teacher if you could go back in time and make the choice again? If the answer is “no,” is there a way for you to choose a different path now?
Want to share your reflections or have more to add? Please comment!