January 21, 2009

On not writing a blog

Well, it's true we haven't been writing anything here - not for the last 8 days! - so how can we recommend to students that keeping a reflective journal is a good idea? A major reason is being too busy actually teaching, marking and doing all those other things that keep us busy. Finding time to step back and reflect is a major problem for busy teachers, in reality! If you don't have a pressure to do it (for the Professional practice course, for example), then would you actually do it? That's one reason we're contacting alumni more this year - to see if the kinds of things we do in Professional Practice are actually relevant when it comes to real teaching. We believe they are, but we'd like to know (from alumni) what they perceive as good points / points to improve about our course, in the light of 'real' experience.

Current students will have finished their first peer-teaching by tomorrow. On Tuesday Ema showed all how to transcribe a recording of a lesson. Students will also be reflecting on the feedback gained from students in their peer-taught lessons, and their own thoughts immediately following the lesson, considering 'good points' and 'points to improve'. I wonder if this is something alumni continue to do after graduating from our programme and becoming teachers. I've certainly found it very useful for my own teaching in the past

Will try to write more often from now on!

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