As educators we strive to do what is best for our students each and every day. We evaluate ourselves, reflect on practice, and tweak or even revolutionize our instruction in a cycle of continuous improvement. We re-live moments in our classroom, pondering different ways we might have approached a lesson or reciting an anecdote where we wish we would have said something else.
Even when a lesson is a hit, we are compelled to make it better, with If only I would have thought to ask or I loved the way I explained playing over and over again in our heads. I’ve always thought it was just part of being a teacher, an internal process of improvement that I needed to figure out for myself.