Expert Teachers can identify the most important ways in which to represent the subject that they teach
"The more reflective we are, the more effective we are!"
The Continuum of Self Reflection is an effective way for expert teachers to identify the most important ways in which to represent the subject that they teach! The reflective cycle exists in every grade level and all content areas. To grow as reflective practitioners, teachers first need to identify their starting point. The cycle is comprised of four stages of teacher effectiveness:
The Unaware Stage-Awareness of Instructional Reality During this stage, teachers are not aware of the most important ways to represent content. Thus, these teachers need guidance and specific next steps to help him/her become more aware. This can be done through frequent observation and feedback, team teaching, and whisper coaching! The Conscious Stage- The Intentionality of Actions During this stage, the teacher is aware of his/her next steps for effectively delivering content, however, there is often a gap between what the teacher knows will help and what they actually do. The supportive presence of an instructional coach is helping teachers to recognize the gap and helping him/her to work to close this gap. The Action Stage- Ability to accurately assess While proficient in the science of teaching or the art of teaching, teachers need to focus on ways that they can grow their experience and expertise around that subject area. Using student data to inform their next steps, teachers in this stage are adapting and fine-tuning their practice in order to meet student needs. The Refinement Stage- Capability to Adjust Actions Teachers in this stage are supported most by focusing on reflective questions and discussions around best practices to grow their capacity!
In all of these stages of self reflection, it is important for teachers to understand the power of using student data to help us to identify the most important ways to represent the subject that they teach! The continuum of Self-reflection frames our work as principals, instructional leaders and teachers; helping us to understand what we are working towards, how to frame our conversations, and how to grow ourselves professionally!
References: Cipriani, M. (Producer).(2015). The reflective educator: A collaborative approach to building teachers' capacity [Video file]. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.