With an intern (preservice teacher) working in my classroom my reflections are more focused on certain areas than on others. Sometimes this results from his questions but sometimes it's simply that the presence of an intern causes me to look anew at certain pieces of my practice. Interestingly enough, as a mother of two young girls (ages 8 and 5) many of my reflections on the classroom flow in and out with reflections on parenting.
One current train of thought for me is about what I assume about students. Teachers are constantly trying to understand why students do the things they do, academically, socially, and behaviorally. That's a big part of thinking about how best to help them grow in all those areas.
However, I believe that too often I am making assumptions about students' motives that are, if not outright wrong, at least uncharitable on my part. For example, I may assume that students are not focused on their reading or their writing because they are goofing off. It's quite likely that they are taking a little break (something we all need to do pretty regularly) or are in the midst of transitioning from one task to another. It's also possible that they are working but it's not visible work; they may be thinking about their reading or writing or the conversation they are having with a friend may be about the task.
I've set myself a goal to not assume, or at least to rethink assumptions when I make them.
Along with that, I'm also trying not to impose my assumptions on my students. If I chastise a child for goofing off, or even if I say to them, "Focus on what you're doing." or "Make sure you're making a smart choice." I'm sending them the message that what they are doing at that moment isn't a smart choice or isn't focused. If they are discussing their learning or thinking about it the last thing I want to do is suggest that they are doing something wrong.
This is sending me down a path of thinking about showing my students respect and listening to them more. Those ideas will have to wait for another day for me to flesh them out more fully.