50+ Questions for Faculty Self-Reflection

Decorative: A question mark reflected in numerous mirrors behind it


1. "30 Questions for Teacher Reflection" (pdf) takes an interrogative approach to encouraging instructors to be "reflective practitioners" of teaching and learning.

The pdf provides "30 Questions Teachers Should Be Regularly Asking Themselves," sorted into five categories:

  • "Modelling Reflection -- Questions to Ask with Students"
  • "Classroom Culture -- Questions to Ask about Your Rules and Relationships"
  • "Curriculum and Instruction -- Reflection on Assessment and Grading Practices"
  • "Collaboration -- Questions to Ask Ourselves about Our Place in a Professional Learning Community"
  • "Mental Health -- Questions to Help Teachers Maintain a Healthy Outlook"

2. "10 Self-Reflective Questions Teachers Can Debrief with Every Day" (web page; dead link but the information below remains useful) poses "self-reflective questions can help you determine many useful things including":

  • "[W]hat works and doesn’t work in your classroom?"
  • "[W]here your biggest challenges are and how [can you] overcome them?"
  • "[H]ow you can improve professional development?"
  • "[W]hat are you most fearful of in your profession and how [can you] face it?"
  • "[W]here you are bringing undue stress upon yourself?"
  • "[H]ow can you better foster relationships with learners ... [and] administrators/colleagues?"

3. "Questions for Bringing Your Instructional Practices into Focus" (online article) 

  • "How do you maximize student learning in your classroom?"
  • "How do you describe your role as a teacher?"
  • "How do you know when your students understand?"
  • "In your [courses], how do you decide what to teach and what not to teach?"
  • "How do you decide when to move on to a new topic in your classroom?"
  • "How do students learn [your subject matter] best?"
  • "How do you know when learning is occurring in your classroom?"
  • "How long has it been since you’ve asked yourself questions like these?"
  • "Would it be worthwhile to tackle one or two of them in a departmental meeting?"
  • "Could they be used to structure a faculty workshop or retreat session?"
  • "Do you think your answers to questions like these have changed over time, as you’ve changed or as students have changed?"
  • "Are the answers different depending on what course you’re teaching or the level of the students enrolled in the course?" 
  • "Does teaching online make it more difficult to answer these types of questions?"
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