Knowledge about the students in our classrooms and reflections on teaching go hand in hand. Without key information about our students’ academic levels, cultural backgrounds, interests, strengths, weaknesses, and individual personalities we can only hope to scratch the surface in determining how to best reach them with our lessons. In every school setting, a strong rapport with students is necessary and this knowledge and information guides our relationships as well as our teaching methodology, lessons, and subsequently, our reflection on those lessons. In order to guide future instruction as well as professional conversation and development with and through collaboration with colleagues, the teacher reflection journal offers a place to get thoughts and observations down, to jot down facts and things to remember about particular students and to record successes and failures and reflect on them. Furthermore, the teacher reflection journal is one way in which we as educators can achieve a vital restorative outlet that we need in the difficult day-to-day work that we do while still working to improve ourselves as professionals.