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Becoming a Reflective Teacher

  • Title:Becoming a Reflective Teacher
  • Author:Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, Tammy Heflebower, Jessica Kanold-McIntyre, Tina Boogren
  • Publication Date:Februaury 2012
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9780983351238
  • Publisher:Marzano Research Laboratory

Just as successful athletes must identify strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and engage in focused practice to meet their goals, so must teachers. Learn how to combine a model of effective instruction with goal setting, focused practice, focused feedback, and observations to improve your instructional practices. Included are 280 strategies related to the 41 elements of effective teaching shown to enhance student achievement.


  • Find the reflection strategies that work best for you in the comprehensive at-a-glance compendium, complete with its own table of contents.
  • Use end-of-chapter comprehension questions to assess and reinforce your understanding of each chapter's topic.
  • Conduct a self-audit to determine your level of competence for each of the 41 elements of effective teaching.
  • Learn how to use video data, student survey data, and student achievement data to improve your practice.
  • Continue to develop your instructional practices with an appendix of teacher scales for each reflective practice.
  • Relate to and draw from classroom vignettes that depict and explore the presented reflective strategies.

Author Bio

Dr. Robert J. Marzano is the cofounder and CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory in Denver, Colorado. Throughout his forty years in the field of education, he has become a speaker, trainer, and author of more than thirty books and 150 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention. His practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are internationally known and widely practiced by both teachers and administrators.

Debra Pickering is a private consultant and director of staff development in Littleton Public Schools, Littleton, Colorado. During more than 25 years in education, she has gained practical experience as a classroom teacher and district staff development coordinator and has done extensive consulting with administrators and teachers, K-12. Her work in research and development centers on the study of learning and the development of curriculum, instruction, and assessment that addresses clearly identifies learning goals.

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