#14. Measure conditions for success, too.
A general tendency that most of us have is to do a Sherlock Holmes after a failure, but do nothing (except rejoicing) when we taste success.
Successes don’t come just like that. Yes, luck does play a role at times. But there would have been so many other factors that gave a helping hand to luck as well.
The next time you implement a lesson plan to perfection, take a few minutes to reflect and understand why it was a success:
Why was there so much learning & enjoyment with this particular lesson plan?
How did I perform my role as the facilitator? How was my preparation for this session?
What was the mindset of children today? Did it have an impact on the activity/lesson plan?
What were the other factors that contributed to success?
When you reflect on your successes, you might learn a lot about your failures as well. After all, both the content and the presentation of content matter. Don’t get into the habit of blaming your class plans. (Of course, not all class plans are suited for every occasion — but just because it din’t take off in one of the learning environments, it doesn’t mean it won’t yield good results in another!)
Reflect, after every classroom session, or at the end of the day. Five to ten minutes is all it takes.