SELF-STUDY: Reflective Teacher (5 hours)

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Five Stars

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“ Wonder if your students benefit in any way? ”

Have you wondered if your efforts and hard work are paying off? Have you spent time pondering over whether your teaching strategies are appropriate for your class and reviewing the results?

Developing a process of reflective thinking or reflective practice is a viable solution to this problem. Reflective practice is considered to be central to effective teacher preparation programs and the development of professional competence. A truly reflective teacher becomes sensitive and responsive to the needs, issues, and concerns that are so important in shaping qualitative educational practice. This course helps educators learn about various reflection and professional development practices that will enable growth as an educational professional


20 Reviews of “SELF-STUDY: Reflective Teacher (5 hours)”:
  1. Marjorie J. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you. very helpful class

  2. Jennifer R. says:
    Five Stars

    A lot of good information in this class!!

  3. Heather F. says:
    Five Stars

    This was really great for giving practical steps on ways to start being a reflective practitioner. The resources/guides are really helpful for creating a complete reflection that can be referred back to.

  4. Craig A. says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks for a course filled with great information on addressing the conventional practices in conventional public schools regarding professional development for teachers through the variety of reflective practices. These were almost all new to me, having worked in private and public charter schools, where such practices were not the norm. When I switched to working in a conventional public school years ago, I didn't understand the purpose, value, or means to accomplish such practices, which is one of the main reasons why I quit teaching a decade ago in K-12. This course helps prepare me for this element, that was once a roadblock. The "conventional public school lingo" did not resonate with me, and this course helped explain the overly "technical" terminology used in the conventional public school sector. Thanks

  5. Rebecka R. says:
    Five Stars

    I had many "oh yea" moments... ideas for myself AND ideas for my students. I really liked the personal teacher examples and writing. Thank you!

  6. Angela D. says:
    Five Stars

    Great class.

  7. Peggy P. says:
    Five Stars

    Will be very helpful in writing reflective statement.

  8. Kelly S. says:
    Five Stars

    Appreciate the ease with which to use.

  9. Kathryn W. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you.

  10. Jean C. says:
    Five Stars

    I just completed 90 hours of Professional Learning with the help of the Professional Learning Board. I was pleased with this on-line study and wanted to thank you for providing such a variety of lessons. I can honestly say, as I reflect back on each lesson, that I obtained valuable knowledge that has refreshed and prepared me for the classroom after being retired for several years. I plan to use my lessons and recommended resources as reference points when needing new ideas or skills. I was most interested in the reading lessons and especially enjoyed the Read Write Think site because I hope to obtain a job teaching students who are not reading on grade level. Reading Across the Curriculum was packed with information and resources that I plan to access again in the future. After taking the on-line Cloze test presented in this lesson, I became more fully aware of how quickly frustration can flare. I was reminded of the importance of keeping up with new teaching strategies as well the type of tests being used and am very excited about having the opportunity to apply the lessons I have learned to my personal teaching style. I loved all the ideas on how to use technology, including the cell phone, and will definitely be using technology whenever I can. I hope to challenge my students and guide them to use the web to create their own works to be shared with the world. In addition, I will no longer look at a bully and a victim in the same way, and I am challenging myself to stay calm when difficult situations present themselves and to ask the correct questions. Of course, I realize I will not be perfect, but I have been motivated by what I learned and am looking forward to the upcoming year in a positive way. I understand that in order to grow as a teacher, I must be honest with myself and identify areas where I need help. By keeping a journal, I hope to better understand what is beneficial for my students and to reach out to others to gain new ideas.

  11. Nancy A. says:
    Five Stars

    I retired several years ago and when asked to return to the classroom, I had to scramble to get my teaching license renewed. This perfectly fit my needs and I've enjoyed taking the courses. While I have a couple left to go, I'm looking forward to learning more and completing these packages! Thank you.

  12. Azure H. says:
    Five Stars

    This reflective practices course did do a nice job of explaining what a reflective statement is and the different types.

  13. Richard P. says:
    Five Stars

    Very helpful and complete.

  14. Tonya L. says:
    Five Stars

    As I am not working a public school, I use the Learning Board to continue hours, and better my teaching abilities. Thank you for providing courses for teachers.

  15. Mark F. says:
    Five Stars

    Good content!!

  16. Rebecca M. says:
    Five Stars

    I think this course, will help me to organize and implement improvements in my teaching. Thanks again for all of the print outs available and examples of real life situations to make this process easier.

  17. Bryan L. says:
    Five Stars

    Content is very confusing and could be broken into Reflective Teaching Practices and a separate course titled Designing Professional Development Plans. I found much of the content to be redundant and, quite frankly, I was bored by the time I reached Lesson 3.

  18. Claudia H. says:
    Five Stars

    Whew! The examples of writing were particularly helpful. Forms were also helping in framing the exercise. Tks!

  19. Laurie K. says:
    Five Stars

    Very informative and informational about how to mindfully be aware of what I teach, how I teach and what I can do to improve learner engagement, participation and outcome. THANKS!

  20. Kerri K. says:
    Five Stars

    Positive - I feel this particular course helped prepare me to write my reflective paper for my Minnesota license renewal. The information was extensive and I feel that I have learned a great deal about reflection beyond what I was taught in college and what has been expected of me thus far as an educator. Negative - This course was assigned 5 credit hours. I feel that it should be worth more than that - it was quite lengthy and in-depth. I took detailed notes to submit to my continuing ed committee as further proof of completion and also kept track of how long each lesson took for me to complete. In all, the course took me about 8.5 hours to complete. In comparison with the other two 5-credit courses I took, the time taken to complete those other two courses was much more on track with the credits given - around 5-5.5 hours per course. Just some thoughts. Thanks!

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