Educator Reflection Tips: Snapshots #28-40

Educator Reflection Tip #28: Relationships matter.

How do you build relationships with your students? Have you taken the time lately to make each one of them feel special? Students go above and beyond for an educator who they feel love/love/believe in them. One example posted here:

Educator Reflection Tip #29: Sticky Note Hacks

Did you know that Post-it notes can be used for more than just writing notes to yourself, colleagues, and students? Consider incorporating these 25 Sticky Note Teacher Hacks into your instruction and/or classroom routines. Link to the sticky note strategy via We Are Teachers:

Educator Reflection Tip #30: Are your students able to make meaning from what they read?

Have you ever been asked to time your students to see how many words they can read in a minute? If so, did your students really understand the overall goal of this common fluency practice? Prosody+ automaticity= comprehension. Read more from author, Dr. Timothy Rasinski, on his blog about “Making Kids Read Fast in NOT the Goal of Fluency instruction: Making Meaning is,Fluency%20Instruction%3B%20Making%20Meaning%20Is&text=Timothy%20Rasinski%2C%20Ph.&text=Fluency%20has%20been%20called%20the,from%20word%20recognition%20to%20comprehension.

Educator Reflection #31: Does everyone know the role they play when assisting students who have experienced trauma?

Everyone had dealt with trauma at least once in their lives. This includes most of our students. Does everyone at your school know their role when helping students? Jethro Jones outlines the roles that everyone in your school could/should play when it comes to assisting students who have experienced trauma. Read more here:

Educator Reflection Tip #32: Promoting Critical Thinking

How do you ensure that all students are critically thinking and engaged during a lesson? Consider having students turn and talk before calling on any student to answer a question. This ensures all students have thoughts about the answers and helps to promote critical thinking by all students. If you would like to learn 12 other strategies that you could integrate into your daily instruction to promote critical thinking, follow this link:

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Educator Reflection Tip #33: Do your students feel empowered? (2/15/2020)

Dr. Erik Youngman suggests writing motivational phrases on the top of students assignments to encourage effort and continuous learning. The goal is to create a growth mindset in your students. What methods are you currently using to promote a growth mindset for students?

Educator Reflection Tip #34: Are your students proficient at editing their writing? (2/27/2020)

What methods do you use when students are asked to revisit, revise, or edit their writing? It’s one of the hardest things for an English teacher to teach. Most students do not understand the need to go back and reread, rewrite, and or change an assignment once it is written. If you are looking for a way to teach your students to edit their writing. Performing in Education has created numerous resources for teaching writing. Click on the link below if you need to add strategies to your writing toolkit.

Educator Reflection Tip #35: How often do you reflect on your own practice as an educator?

Do you currently take a few minutes to reflect on the day? If so, do you think about which lessons went well or do you dig deeper and think about the needs of individual students? It’s important to take a few minutes each day to reflect on your practice. has created a free downloadable journal that contains questions that educators can use to help them reflect on the lessons that they teach each day. Although you are welcome to create your own, I thought you might want to see an example to help you get started.

Educator Reflection Tip #36: Virtual Libraries

With many school district closures, educators could use sites such as Epic! to provide books to kids. Do you currently have a virtual library for your students. It’s FREE for educators!! Once you set-up your classroom account, you are able to add/assign books to each student and invite each of your students to join. This is just one of many free sites that can be used in this way. You can access the site and sign up by clicking the link below.

Educator Reflection Tip #37: Are you proficient at using Google Classroom?

As more and more schools move to remove learning opportunities for students, I began to wonder if I was the only educator who needed a Google Classroom “cheat sheet”. If you are like me, you feel like you are behind the times and just trying to catch up. Although Google Classroom is not the only platform, it is among the most widely used. Therefore, I am attaching a cheat sheet created by Shake Up Learning below.

Education Reflection Tip #38: Are your students actively engaged?

Remote learning requires educators to look at student engagement in a different way. Are you providing a variety of online tasks? There are many platforms that you could consider using. These include Zoom, Flipgrid, Screencastify, and Book Creator. ProdigyGame has provided a few tools to help you get started if you don’t know where to start when it comes to engaging your students when instructing virtually.

Educator Reflection Tip #39: Have you considered surveying students to see what they are interested in learning?

As we continue to get use to our “new normal”, it occured to me that we have the opportunity to create something extraordinary. As you continue to create remote lessons for our students, have you considered asking students what they are interested in learning about or which method of instruction they prefer? For instance, do they prefer high-tech or low-tech activities, individual sessions/whole group, class chats or journaling, watching videos or going on virtual field trips, games, choice boards, etc. If you haven’t already done so, send your kids a survey, post a question in the chat, or just ask your students the next time you meet with them online. You might be surprised at the methods that your students choose. @MagicPantsJones shared this idea on Twitter. Thanks for sharing!!!

Educator Reflection Tip #40: Have you checked in with each of your students individually?

As we continue to shelter in place, it is important to keep in contact with family, friends, students, and their families. I know that most schools have been posting messages on Social Media, sending out calls, and passing out packets and food to families. Have you considered reaching out to each of your individual students and their families to make sure that they are okay. Life is not normal. Empathy matters. Below are a couple of sample resources that could be used to help you document the needs of each of your students.

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