Reflecting on each lesson will save you time when planning in the future. It will also help you become a more mindful teacher. We recommend saving a space at the end of your lesson plans where you can jot down brief notes on the following:
What went well? Which activities or discussions would you like to use again next time you teach this course?
What didn't work? How might you change a discussion or an activity to make it more effective next time?
Did you get through all of the material for the lesson? If not, how might you combine this material with the activities and goals for an upcoming lesson (without falling too far behind)?
What are students beginning to understand and what are they still struggling with? How might you reinforce the more challenging concepts in upcoming lessons?