Reflecting at the End of Term 1

We’re halfway through the school year so English Teacher Online would like to help you reflect on what you have achieved so far.

“We cannot see our reflection in a raging river. It is only in still water that things become clear.” – Chinese Proverb.

Reflecting at the end of term 1 is an important part of being successful.

Many of you are moving forward and are happy with your grades. This is where you want to be halfway through the year. You set goals and made a promise to yourself to achieve them. You are taking the necessary steps to fulfill your plan and are happy with your life. At this point, you should reflect on how you can improve the process, but don’t forget to celebrate your victories too.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

Some students may feel stuck at this midpoint because you have a goal but can’t see enough progress. The most important thing is not to give up. Use the October break to relax and recharge your batteries.  Try to figure out what is working for you, and what needs to change. If you need to make a new plan, then do it this week. The most important thing is to figure out how to start moving forward, and make a promise to do that.

How do I Reflect for Success?

While looking back at term 1, you may want to ask questions, such as…

How well are you doing with your school year plan?

Are you a vital part of your classroom? If not, why not?

When did you help another student overcome a problem?

Who helps you when you are struggling in certain subjects?

Is something outside of school affecting your grades?

How can we help you feel part of the team?

Getting Ready!

There are still two weeks before school starts again and you can be a great student.

Start by planning the second half of your school holiday and network with friends.

Slowly, get into the idea of going back to school by reading a comic book or doing some math puzzles online.

You know what is expected when school starts again so make sure you are ready, willing and able to do your best.

What’s Next?

Finally, you can help me reflect on my role as your English teacher by telling me what you liked and/or disliked about term 1? Also, what kind of fun topics would you like to study in term 2?

Please share your ideas in the comment section or email Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org and I’ll try and work them into our term 2 plan!

Author: Teacher Steve

Teacher Steve is 52 years old, happily married but has no children of his own. He's a fully qualified teacher who has been teaching English in sunny Thailand for over 15 years. Teacher Steve loves to write and decided to start English Teacher Online, in December 2016, to help students study English for free. He works tirelessly so that students can become fluent in English, empowering them to work and travel the world. You can also watch him teaching live at

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