What Are The Best Reflection Prompts For Teacher Well-Being?
by TeachThought Staff
Reflection prompts are usually for students so reflection prompts for teachers aren’t something you see every day.
The big idea is simple enough: Reflection leads to growth–well, accurate, well-framed, and intentional reflection can lead to growth. Thus these prompts.
Just as metacognitive prompts help students reflect on the process of learning, the following prompts can help teachers reflect on the full picture of being an educator–many through the lens of hope and gratitude.
5 Ways of Using Reflection Prompts to Discuss Teacher Well-being
1. Group discussion
2. Personal journaling
3. Social media conversations
4. Formal or informal professional development sessions
5. Simple ‘thinking prompts’ for the drive to school or the way home
Here are 30 reflection prompts for teachers to use as reflective tools for growth.
Teaching Through An Attitude Of Gratitude: 30 Prompts For Reflection
1. What are the best parts of being a teacher?
2. What is one small delight in the day that you always look forward to?
3. What are you most proud of to date in your teaching career?
4. What part of teaching is better than you thought it would be?
5. How have you grown as a person since becoming a teacher?
6. What was the nicest thing a student or colleague has ever done for you?
7. What are your strengths as a teacher? Which are you most grateful for?
9. What new learning has inspired you in your career?
10. Write about a memorable moment in the classroom and how it reminded you about why you love what you do.
11. What was your mindset when you became a teacher? What is it now? How has it changed and why?
12. Being grateful for humor: Share a recent time you laughed in your classroom as a teacher and what it taught you about teaching or learning.
13. What is the most important ‘lesson’ you want to teach your students?
14. Share a photo (or photos) of things and/or people you are grateful for in your personal life
15. What are three things you are grateful to have learned in your teaching career?
16. What tech tools are you most grateful for? Why? How have they changed what you do?
17. What is the most powerful aspect of being a connected educator? What are you grateful for?
18. One thing that is different from a year ago that I am grateful for…
20. What do you appreciate about your colleagues? How do you support one another–maybe in less obvious ways?
21. Tell someone you know how grateful you are for the work they do. Share your story on social media or with colleagues or your family and friends.
22. What is one lesson as a teacher you are thankful for having learned?
23. Identify a book about teaching that you are thankful to have read and how it has inspired you to be better at what you do
24. What traditions exist in your school or school community that you are most grateful for?
25. What are your dreams for education in the future?
26. What pedagogical practice (or ‘part’ of teaching) would you like to let go of? That no longer serves you or could be better done in other ways?
27. What’s the most important ‘thing’ you’ve ever done as a teacher? What makes it the most important thing?
28. If you could bottle up the perfect day as a teacher, what would it look like?
29. Talk about one opportunity as an education professional that you are grateful in hindsight for having passed you by.
30. We all know someone who inspires us to be better. Share that person.
Bonus: Practice an act of kindness this week and blog about your experience.