2. How do I react to student questions?
Think back as you consider this phase of teacher self-assessment — how did you react? Could you hide your horror in response to a question that is entirely inappropriate to the classroom discussion? Did you acknowledge the thought put into an insightful question? Did you show your appreciation for the student who was brave enough to admit she did not understand a key point? A goal for this part of your teacher self-assessment is to phrase your response to encourage your students to keep asking questions. Prepare a strategy that will allow you to treat each student with dignity, keep the classroom energy flowing, and make every student feel a part of the group. The added bonus will be that your students will be inspired to take an active part in learning in your classroom, even if all of your lessons don’t go entirely to plan. It’s all about capitalizing on teachable moments.
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