Strategies for Reshaping Practice: The habits of the classroom #20

Plan time and space for reflection

Time for reflection and wonder at God’s world can easily get squeezed out with the amount of content teachers have to cover. Reflection needs planning in. It does not have to come at the end of a session; it can be way of starting a lesson, for example, by listening to the sounds in the environment in silence.

  • Teachers can plan time to show short presentations of images in science to evoke wonder when looking at crystals in chemistry, magnetism or labelling plants.
  • Teachers can use reflective poems and scripts as part of English or religious education and build activities that will encourage learners to consider thoughtfully what is being expressed.

These examples show that reflection can be built into a lesson at any time but it does need including at the planning stage.

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