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What does it mean to be a reflective teacher?

Part A:
Read the following articles about being a reflective practitioner:

"The Articulated Learning: An Approach to Guided Reflection and Assessment"
"The Role of Reflection in the Differentiated Instructional Process"
Using information you gathered from the articles, provide an analysis of the following questions: What does it mean to be a reflective practitioner? Why should teachers be reflective? How would you describe yourself in regard to being a reflective practitioner?

Part B:
Provide an evaluation of this question from Barth (as cited in the Phelps, 2008): "How much are you prepared to risk of what is familiar, comfortable, safe, and perhaps working well for you, in the name of better education for others?" Reflect on current practices and how you can be a reflective change agent. Think about the following questions: How will you use research to improve your practice in order to facilitate student achievement? What two areas of practice in your educational environment do you think need researching and why?

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Part A:
Read the following articles about being a reflective practitioner:

"The Articulated Learning: An Approach to Guided Reflection and Assessment"
"The Role of Reflection in the Differentiated Instructional Process"
Using information you gathered from the articles, provide an analysis of the following questions: What does it mean to be a reflective practitioner? Why should teachers be reflective? How would you describe yourself in regard to being a reflective practitioner?

As you know per Brain Mass policy, I cannot complete this assignment for you. However, I did review the articles and wrote some great note about your topics for you to use as a guide to complete this yourself. If you need any more help with this or a future assignment, please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a wonderful afternoon! Emeline

Being a reflective practitioner means that educators must take time to think about their processes in the classroom and the outcome of their efforts and find ways to not only progress but also improve upon current methods in order to improve the quality of education for all students. This also allows educators to develop in professional competence. This may require self reflection or sharing ideas and concepts with fellow educators. I personally like to sit with a group of educators and share ideas and insights. I know by doing so, I will learn from others as well as have my ideas respected by my peers. This also provides me a way to reflect upon other educator's methods in order to develop my own methods of pedagogy and practices which improves upon my performance in the classroom.

York-Barr et al (2006) suggests that "Joining with another person in the process of reflection can result in greater insight about one's own practice especially when trust is high and the right combination of support and challenges is present." This also allows for an environment for individuals to share their thoughts and feelings and be open to expanding their ways of thinking and doing (York-Barr et al, 2006). ...

Solution Summary

What it means to be a reflective teacher is determined. The approach to guided reflection and assessments are given.

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