English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 27.2
English Australia Journal Volume 27 No 2 60 How satisfied are you with the explanations provided in the class? 1. Very little 2. To some extent 3. Very 4. Completely Of course, at times students’ comments may be illogical or unconstructive. It is the teacher’s art to find the patterns which are conducive to improved teaching. Digital databases Teachers can create ‘digital databases’ of reflective teaching on their computers simply by saving the reflective entries which they make for their classes. The files can be classified according to class, date, level or other criteria and allocated to a folder for this purpose. These databases enable teachers to keep a record of their practices according to specified criteria. Whenever they wish, teachers can evaluate and observe the evolution of their practices and gain a general view of what they have achieved. Reflective inventories In cases when it is not possible to ask colleagues to comment on their teaching, teachers can self-evaluate through inventories for reflective teaching. This is one of the easiest tools for self-reflection due to its simple procedures and the fact that teachers can undertake it alone. Through such inventories, teachers are able to see the extent to which they are reflective in different situations or classes. One example of an inventory is the L2 teacher reflection inventory designed by Akbari et al. (2010), which encompasses practical, cognitive, meta-cognitive, affective, and critical reflection elements. The inventory is in the Likert form and requires respondents to respond to the statements in a continuum, e.g., from 1-5. For instance: I think about my students’ emotional responses to my instructions. 1. Never 2. Rarely 3. Sometimes 4. Often 5. Always or I discuss practical/theoretical issues with my colleagues. 1. Never 2. Rarely 3. Sometimes 4. Often 5. Always On completion, a general score is calculated which can determine the degree of reflection in the class. Using Excel to record reflective inventories makes it even easier to calculate scores and compare them across classes and contexts and over time.
English Australia Journal 28.1
English Australia Journal 27.1