The importance of reflective practice

Clearly, teaching is a skill, and like any skill, it must be practiced. Just as athletes wanting to improve their skills must identify personal strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and engage in focused practice to meet those goals, teachers must also examine their practices, set growth goals, and use focused practice and feedback to achieve those goals. These reflective processes are essential to the development of expertise in teaching.

Learn how a model of effective instruction can be combined with goal setting, focused practice, focused feedback, and observations and discussions to improve instructional practices.

Explore a range of instructional skills (based on the New Art and Science of Teaching instructional framework), consider how to identify strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and design personal growth plans.

Ready to become a Reflective Teacher? Take the first step by downloading a free chapter of Becoming a Reflective Teacher.

Download your free chapter

Why Reflective Practice?

Be engaged and inspired as you review the research and theory on reflective practice, and identify ways to integrate reflection into your collaborative work in teams.

Self-assess your own or your team’s proficiency in applying the research-based elements of effective teaching.

Learn how to use video data, student survey data, and student achievement data to improve teacher practice.

Explore specific classroom situations in which reflective practices can be applied and acquire tools to support ongoing reflective practice.

In-School Support

Bring reflective practice experts to your system or school

Learn more


Explore workshops and institutes to find your perfect fit.

Browse events

Books & Videos

Check out Becoming a Reflective Teacher by Robert J. Marzano.

Learn more