Shurley English Best Practices: Self-Reflection and Evaluation


As you wrap up the semester and give your students their final grades, I invite you to reflect on your own progress and growth as a Shurley English Teacher.  At the beginning of the school year, I always encourage Shurley English teachers to review these tips on how to become the "perfect" Shurley teacher.  Here's a quick recap:

1.  STICK TO THE SCRIPT as closely as possible.

2.  Create an atmosphere in your classroom where YOU & YOUR STUDENTS are willing to TAKE RISKS.



Now, I want you to take a few moments to reflect on how well you were able to implement these tips.

Consider these questions to help you get started:

*How well were you able to stick to the teaching script?  What was challenging about it? How was the teaching script helpful?

*Recall a time when you saw a student taking a risk during your lesson.  Also, recall a time when you realized YOU were taking a risk in the classroom!  What might you do differently in your classroom next year to help you and your students feel safe enough to take more academic risks?

*Jot down 10 mistakes you think you made throughout the school year.  (If you didn’t make that many mistakes, maybe consider taking a few more risks.)  ;)  After you jot them down, LAUGH and let them go!

*Describe a moment in your classroom when you felt like you were having honest fun by being your authentic self.  Remember that feeling and repeat again next school year!


Self-reflection is an important part to becoming the best teacher you can be. Take what you have learned and set goals. Do another self-reflection and set new goals. Remember...

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” -Einstein

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Kimberly Crady

Kimberly Crady is an adventurous woman with an immense love for life, learning, and teaching. After teaching in upper elementary classrooms for nearly 10 years, she joined the Shurley Team in 2005.  Kimberly has had the unique experience of teaching Shurley English lessons in all levels, Kindergarten-8th grade and training teachers across the United States.  Kimberly is a National Consultant and SEDA Teacher for Shurley Instructional Materials.


Kimberly’s passion for helping people and living a healthy lifestyle has led her to continue her education in the area of Health and Wellness.  She enjoys numerous outdoor activities from hiking and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains to paddle boarding in the ocean; although, these days you can find her practicing hot yoga in a Bikram Yoga studio. She also enjoys traveling abroad, live music, reading, and spending time with her favorite mutt, Lu.  Kimberly’s experience as a Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Teen Life Coach helps support her firm belief in teaching the whole person, especially in the classroom.