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5 Tools for 2014-15 School Year Reflections

Posted by Jessica Sanders - Guest Author

Jul 27, 2015 7:51:00 AM

As you wrap up summer and prepare for a new year it’s good to look back and reflect on what worked, what didn’t, what your students liked and what you want to do differently. While you can simply write this in a notebook, taking a few minutes every day or every week to reflect, the following tools allow you to make a more complete record of your reflections.

By using a voice recorder or online note-taking app, where you can link to resources you created or photos you took, you can get a more complete picture of the school year, which make your reflections more useful. Consider using these five tools for your reflections this year.

1. Evernote

Evernote, or Google Keep, makes it easy to organize all your reflections, documents, and notes in one easy-to-access place. Use this to bullet point your thoughts, link to images and videos, and organize your reflections, with a note for each subject you teach or every tool you use.

 

2. WordPress 

Use WordPress, or another blogging platform, to record a series of reflection posts that you can scroll through as you start lesson planning for the next year. Write one post a day or week, reflecting on a new topic. Add images of the classroom and link to resources or documents you made. By compiling everything in one place, you can make your reflection process more effective. 

3. YouTube 

YouTube is a fun alternative for school year reflections. You can use it in two ways:

  • To compliment your written reflections. Perhaps you re-record a lesson using different main points, based on what students said in an end-of-the-year poll.
  • In addition to or instead of written reflections. Sometimes you can better express thoughts out loud than on paper. Use YouTube, keeping your videos private, as a way to do free-flow reflections, similar to free-flow writing.

4. Smart Voice Recorder 

If you want to record your reflections, minus the video component of YouTube, use Smart Voice Recorder, or another simple recording app. This has the same benefits of video recording, without having to get in front of the camera. Not to mention, you can use this app to record your reflections whenever you have a minute, whether you’re sitting in traffic or relaxing at home.

5. Padlet

Padlet gives you the opportunity to reflect in a collaborative environment. While, personal reflection is important, doing the same with your coworkers can be valuable as well. Not only does this give you an opportunity to see how group activities, field trips, and school events were for the other teachers you work with, but you can use it as an opportunity to get new ideas for your classroom. 

I hope you found this post helpful. I’d love to hear about the tools you use for reflection—please let me know in the comments below!


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