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Self Check Techniques

Self Check Techniques

If you're like most people, you take your car in for service every 5000 miles, or go to the doctor for annual physical examinations, or get your teeth cleaned every six months. These are all monitoring systems - they allow you to examine how things are going with your health or your car's health or the like. You hope that all is well, but if something is found to need attention, you can take steps to address it.

You can do the same with your teaching. By periodically monitoring yourself as a teacher, you can examine what's working, and, if you discover problems, can make some adjustments.

Listed below are five techniques commonly used by teachers to "check up" on their own teaching. These general techniques can be used in many different ways and for a variety of purposes.

Click on a technique below to share your experiences with the technique or to see how others have used it.

Go to the Teacher Talk Discussion Area to talk about ways you might use self check techniques in your own classroom.

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Self Check Activities from the Workshops

The workshop support materials include several specific Self Check Activities designed to help teachers reflect practically on the theories presented by the featured guest educators. These activities enable you to investigate your own beliefs and behaviors, and sometimes those of your students. They can help you to further examine your ideas about how people learn and how these ideas might influence your teaching.

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