September 13, 2009

Lenses of Critically reflective Teaching

Having read the article by Stephen Brookfield, confirms some of my views, that to succeed in anything you have to be able to analyse yourself and your situation over and over again.

Although, I do agree with  the writer to a certain extent, in some aspects I don't, because of the time gap between my learning and today. Technology is different today, the computer and the web are such powerful tools, that even if tried teaching the I was taught,I'll fail. I'll just appear outdated. Besides, if I've  an advanced learner or a learner who is well educated in his country of origin, he  might question my knowledge, and I must be prepared for that. I do agree that some negative experiences that may have influenced my  learning , I'll definitely try and avoid.

I liked the bit on our Colleagues experience and Theoretical literature, while speaking to colleagues is reassuring and insightful, theoretical knowledge just gives it a stamp of approval. But, aren't we supposed to communicate our fears and anxieties with other friends and colleagues? Isn't that the most normal thing to do, to share a good experience to voice feelings over negative experiences? I would most definitely speak to somebody if I had a bad feeling after a class. Shouldn't we be thinking about all experiences in life in general and teaching in particular and try to justify them, and find answers to our mistakes? Also, be able to pat ourselves on the back and say well done, if we do a good job!

Teaching, while seeing through the learner's eyes is again, I think the sign of a sensitive teacher, and a teacher who is in tune with her students, and their needs.

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  1. I agree that it is important to share all aspects of our teaching experience with colleagues, both positive and negative. In my experience we often find answers to problems and think up ways of dealing with difficulties while “sounding off” to colleagues. I also think the lense of your own experience is extremely valuable even if it is outdated – beacuse some of the basic principles remain the same. For example, what about thinking about the best teacher you ever had – why were they so great and what did they do that you could emulate? What about the worse teacher you ever had – what pitfalls can you avoid?!

    17 Sep 2009, 11:25

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