Self-reflective practice is an essential component of Faculty Performance at RDC and a significant aspect of successful teaching throughout a career at a post-secondary institution. Instructors need to ensure they are evaluating their classroom teaching on an ongoing basis. Self-reflection encompasses professional and personal teaching qualities. Professional qualities include being a content expert, well prepared to teach a course, and ongoing scholarly research. The personal qualities include respect and care for students, working collaboratively with peers in a program, lifelong learning, and maintaining a curious outlook. A self-reflective mindset enables instructors to evaluate their pedagogical strengths and weaknesses in order to provide excellent learning within their classrooms. There are many models of reflection, such as Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle, which can help you structure your self-reflections. Mohawk College provides an excellent summary of Experiential Learning and Reflection, Gibb’s Reflective Cycle and essential questions for reflection.

We recommend that you keep track of your teaching and learning activities throughout the year so that you can manage the self-reflective report process more easily. A notebook, Microsoft Outlook Calendar, or a Word document can be used to record events and activities. Some faculty have a notebook that they take to class and they write a short piece in it at the end of each class to remind themselves of what happened. Whether high tech or low tech, keeping track from day 1 is a good way to start!

Additional Resources

Why Reflect?

Blumberg, P. (2015). How Critical Reflection Benefits Faculty as They Implement Learner-Centered Teaching. New Directions for Teaching & Learning, 2015(144), 87–97.

The Four Stages of Competence
Reflective Questions and Writing Reflections:

Lakehead University – 50+ Questions for Faculty Self-Reflection

University of Birmingham – A Short Guide to Reflective Writing

University of Washington – Self-reflection on teaching

Victoria State Government – Teacher Self-Reflection Template

Wabisabi Learning – 10 Reflective Questions for Teachers to Use Every Day
Student Reflection in Your Courses:

University of Waterloo – Critical Reflection

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Updated May 13, 2020