Reflecting with Coworkers

When reflecting with coworkers, there are many different aspects to consider.  We chatted about this topic at #ReflEdChat.

If you are on Twitter, take a few minutes to search for #ReflEdChat.  

It's a slow chat with one question posted daily.

Are you reflecting with coworkers?

The first question we discussed was "Do you take time to reflect with coworkers?"

It was interesting to find out that some schools have specific times to work together in teams about reflection - down to schools that do not ever meet as a team. 

Many teachers said that the would like to focus on trying to develop relationships that focus on reflection in the future.

I say, "Go for it!"

Venting Vs. Reflection

Our second topic was "How can you keep your reflections with coworkers as pure reflections and not venting sessions?"

This was a funny chat because we went around and around about the idea that sometimes you just have to vent. 

We basically boiled it down to 1) vent first, and get it done quickly and as painlessly as possible then, 2) get down to the topic at hand.  

This seemed like a reasonable compromise.

One-on-one or a Group

Our third topic was "Do you reflect with one person or with a group?"

Many answers were, "It depends", and I think it really does. 

While I prefer to reflect one-on-one so I can watch people reactions and facial expressions, there are times where a group is necessary.

One of the times where reflecting with coworkers in a group would be best would be when making decisions about assessments or major projects. 

Using Data

The last question we pondered was "When reflecting do you use data?  What data do you use?"

This was my favorite question because it brought up tons of different types of data. 

My brain always goes to quantitative data - like exit tickets or focus questions.

But, another type of data was brought up.

Body language!

I had never thought about using the students' body language as a piece of data to reflect on!

Plan of Action

So, the next time you're thinking about school - find a friend, or several and start thinking about what you can do to make your classrooms the most amazing they can be.  

Also, take a few minutes to read the #ReflEdChat archives and gain other ideas on how to enrich your reflections.

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