JALT2014 Plenary Speaker article: An invitation to reflect on practice

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Thomas S. C. Farrell, Brock University, Canada

Sponsored by the Teacher Education and Development (TED) SIG

Reflective practice is now a common term in many teacher education and development programs worldwide. Although definitions of reflective practice may vary in different programs, it generally means teachers systematically collect information about their classroom happenings, and then analyze and evaluate this information and compare it to their underlying assumptions and beliefs so that they can make changes and improvements to their teaching. This paper outlines what reflective practice is, why it is important, and how teachers can reflect.