Did I refer to the class as our class or my class?
8. If our class were a company, would it be out-of-business now?
9. Did students create and experience a great class or simply take a class and get credit?
15. Did I take advantage of spontaneous learning opportunities when students’ interests had obviously shifted, or did I maintain an inflexible mindset and vow to never deviate from an archaic lesson plan?
17. Was our class set up to promote creativity and collaboration or memorization and silence?
19. Were 21st Century skills embedded within daily assignments?
22. Did I gain professional wisdom by speaking to my collegial mentor?
24. Was the technology in my classroom used in an authentic manner? (Shannon Reed)
25. Did I avoid professional negativity by declining to gossip at work?
26. Did I manage my stress level by enjoying time with my family and friends, by exercising several times a week, by zoning out while engaged in a hobby, and by simply chilling out every once in a while?
28. Did I laugh often with students and colleagues?
31. Did I allow students to co-write their own project-based, learning contracts?
34. How many colleagues did I observe in-action in their classrooms this past school year?
did I remember the names of all co-workers?
39. How balanced were the assignments this year in terms of requiring creativity, practical thinking, and analysis? (Adam Johnson)
40. Did I participate in a professional learning community outside of my school via Twitter?
46. Did I consistently blog as a form of professional self-reflection?
47. Am I a stronger teacher today than when I first stepped into the classroom at the beginning of the school year?
This article provides three good tech tools for teachers who want to try a back channel chat and nearly a half dozen ideas for incorporating this type of technology into the curriculum. There are even suggestions for how to use it with students as young as 6 years old.