By Mary Melvin
“How do we increase our effectiveness in the classroom? We grow as reflective practitioners,” said Pete Hall, coauthor of the new ASCD book, Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom. In this book, Hall and Alisa Simeral explain why self-reflection is so important for teachers to master and how it contributes their overall self-improvement.
So, how do teachers become self-reflective practitioners? Hall and Simeral introduce a tool, the Reflective Cycle, to help teachers develop strong reflective habits and refine their skills as educators. The following excerpt explains the role of a reflective practitioner and how teachers can learn to build their own reflective capacity on a path toward continuous growth.
Want to read more about the art of self-reflection? Pick up a copy of Teach, Reflect, Learn in print or e-book format in the ASCD Online Store.