Culture and Taxonomy of Reflection

What I realized in this week’s discussion is that assessments are effective when teachers are reflective. We learned that assessments impact both teaching and learning, however, it is limited to the kind of teacher that will use the assessments. A reflective teacher would utilize assessments in making his class learner-centered by meeting the needs of every student. He would also reflect on the objectives and create them in a way that will both support high and low learners. His assessments are appropriate for the learning experiences and outcomes. A reflective teacher, by utilizing different kinds of assessments, is able to articulate the problem, assess the problem, and develop tentative theories as to why the problem occurred and then solves it.

However, teachers don’t instantly become reflective. Reflection is a problem-solving skill that I think is not innate to everybody. It is learned and mostly from the environment a teacher belongs in. If that’s the case then I would like to assume that reflective teachers develop from reflective schools. Schools have a big responsibility in creating a culture of reflection. How do schools help teachers in fostering this skill? In the school I currently work at, reflecting is practiced but only extends to remembering what had been done and how it should be applied. Outcomes from reflection are not always applied.

On a similar note, I came across an article regarding the taxonomy of reflection by Peter Pappas. He basically paralleled “reflection” with Bloom’s taxonomy. And what I think is amazing about his idea is that reflection doesn’t only apply in different areas of practice but also in varying levels of thinking. Sometimes when we reflect, we look at our assessments and don’t always know what to look for, what to ask ourselves or where to start. So instead of randomly throwing in questions at ourselves or at our students, we could actually use the taxonomy in guiding our reflection. It would definitely benefit us teachers and our students.

Should you want to read more about the Taxonomy of Reflection, please click the link below.

http://peterpappas.com/2010/01/taxonomy-reflection-critical-thinking-students-teachers-principals-.html