Teachers Write: Writing as Reflection

Where I live, the leaves have not only turned, they’re falling by the bushels as we look November in the eye. When I was teaching, this was always around the time I’d need to step away from my desk full of papers to reflect on how things were going. The new-pencil smell of September has probably worn off for you by now, so let’s take this week’s #TeachersWrite to do the same.  Here’s today’s prompt:

Choose one of your top students and finish these thoughts in his or her voice.

The best thing we’ve done in class so far has been…

My least favorite day of class was the day…

My goal for the next quarter is…

I wish…

Now, answer those same questions in the voice of one of your struggling students.

And finally, answer them in your own voice.

Sometimes, we write to be understood.  And sometimes, we write to better understand ourselves. That’s what reflection is all about, after all, isn’t it? Seeing something in a different way so that we notice things we might have missed.

If you discovered anything you’d like to share, feel free to comment!

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