We may only notice reactions of the louder students.
Reflective teaching therefore implies a more systematic process of collecting, recording and analysing our thoughts and observations, as well as those of our students, and then going on to making changes.
I'll admit that as a young child, I found that advice hard to believe. Fortunately, as I grew up and gained a more mature perspective, I found that the simple joy of giving was a gift in itself.
I also learned that gifts weren't limited to the material things that could be wrapped in pretty packages for special occasions.
This approach is akin to giving a holiday present to someone only on the condition that the person will give a gift in return of equal or greater perceived value.
Those always seeking tangible returns on their investments might want to consider a broader perspective about what constitutes a valuable return. The real reward is the knowledge that it's the right thing to do. In many cultures and religious traditions, December is a time for the gathering of friends and families, festivities, celebrations, gift-giving, and contributions to charitable causes.My mother always taught me that it's better to give than to receive.None of these benevolent actions necessarily comes with a hard-and-fast promise that a favor will be returned, that the effort will be acknowledged, or that a material reward will be offered.It may seem unfair, but not everyone will be grateful for the gifts we give.Many teachers already think about their teaching and talk to colleagues about it too.You might think or tell someone that "My lesson went well" or "My students didn't seem to understand" or "My students were so badly behaved today."However, without more time spent focussing on or discussing what has happened, we may tend to jump to conclusions about why things are happening.You may also describe your own reactions and feelings and those you observed on the part of the students.You are likely to begin to pose questions about what you have observed.You can also ask your students what they think about what goes on in the classroom.Their opinions and perceptions can add a different and valuable perspective.