by Terry Hayek

Reflection prompts are usually for students so reflection prompts for teachers are not something you see every day.

The big idea is simple enough: reflection leads to growth—good, accurate, well-framed, and intentional reflection can lead to growth. Thus this request.

like this Metacognitive prompts To help students reflect on the learning process, the following prompts can help teachers reflect on the whole picture of being an educator – many through the lens of hope and gratitude.

5 Ways to Use Reflection Prompts to Discuss Teacher Wellness

1. Group discussion

2. Personal journaling

3. Social Media Conversations

4. Formal or informal professional development sessions

5. Simple ‘thought prompts’ for school or on the way home

Here are 30 reflection prompts for teachers to use as reflective tools for growth.

Teaching through gratitude: 30 prompts for reflection

1. What, in your opinion, are the best parts of being a teacher?

2. What is one small joy of the day that you look forward to?

3. What are you most proud of in your teaching career?

4. What part of education is better than you thought?

5. How have you grown as a person since becoming a teacher?

6. What is the nicest thing a student or colleague has done for you?

7. What are your strengths as a teacher? Which are you most grateful for?

8. Part a Quotes About Teaching or Quotes About Learning That inspired you.

9. What new learning has inspired you in your teaching?

10. Write about a memorable moment in the classroom. What stands out the most and why?

11 What was your mindset when you became a teacher? What is it now? How has it changed and why?

12. What do you find important to make learning sustainable and enjoyable for you?

13. If nothing else, what do you want your students to take away from their time with you?

14. What does your support system look like (both in the school building and outside)?

15. Which of your natural personality traits are most useful to you as an educator?

16. Which technology tools do you find most useful? Why? How have they changed what you do?

17. What is the strongest aspect of being an adjunct educator? What are you thankful for?

18. One thing that is different from a year ago that I am grateful for is…

19. In your content area, what students know next is most important 40 days? 40 months? 40 years?

20. What do you admire about your colleagues? How do you support each other?

21. Tell someone you know how grateful you are for the work they do. How did that conversation go?

22. What advice would you give to would-be teachers? First year teachers? As a first year teacher yourself?

23. What is the best part of teaching? What ‘part’ do you dislike that maybe isn’t as bad as it seems?

24. What traditions exist in your school or local community that you are most grateful for?

25. What is your dream about future education? What role do you want to play in the future?

26. What teaching practice (or ‘part’ of teaching) would you like to give up? That no longer serves you or could be done better in other ways?

27. What is the most important ‘thing’ you have done as a teacher? What makes it the most important thing?

28. If you could bottle the perfect day as a teacher, what would it look like?

29. As a teacher, talk about something you ‘wished to’ do that you now think is less important?

30. In your teaching, what can you automate? Representative? Priority? De-prioritize? Reconsider? improvement?

bonus

name a Books about teaching Thank you for reading and how it inspired you to be better at what you do.

Talk about an opportunity as an education professional that you’re incredibly grateful to have passed you by.

We all know someone who inspires us to be better. Share that person and explain how they inspire you and why you feel so strongly about them.

Practice kindness this week and blog about your experiences.

Goodness of the teacher

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