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The teacher’s refrain of “not another thing” has never been more valid. Over the past few years, educators have absorbed countless new ideas, and they’ve had just as many demands placed on their energy. In response, many have reacted by returning to the status quo, seeking stability and comfort. The theory of a pandemic-fueled transformation […]
We don’t often aim for easy. Easy workouts won’t make you stronger, and easy books won’t make you smarter. Then why aim to make reflection easy? While it’s true that work must get harder if we’re going to get better, the first step is making sure the work happens on a regular basis. In other […]
Reflection is the essential act for teacher growth, and instructional coaches are essential partners in helping teachers reflect. With this in mind, we asked four instructional coaches from the Swivl community about the role of reflection in teacher-coach relationships. Their comments have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity. Why is written reflection important for […]
“It seems like you are getting a lot out of your weekly reflections.” My professor left this note on the reflections he required during my semester of student teaching. He was right – I did get lots of value from the routine. During this first real teaching experience, I received a barrage of information from […]
Educators often hear, “The best PD is just down the hall.” While there’s much to learn from collaborating with colleagues, you can take this saying a step further: “The best PD is in your own classroom.” This saying points to the value of making reflection part of your routine. Reflection is a habit that “allows […]
When administrators in Dodge City, KS, reviewed their student data in 2019, it was clear that literacy, specifically for their English Language Learners (ELLs), needed to be a top priority. With 80% of the district’s 7,000 students identifying as Hispanic/Latino, this was already an area of focus. After receiving funding from a state grant, though, […]