Do you reflect on how you could improve your teaching? Do you take for granted that your teaching is OK? Do you discuss your teaching with others?
As you teach more and more your skills will improve however it is contended that it is useful for all teachers and coaches to engage in some degree of reflection. This reflection may heighten a sense of self-awareness, leading to a“certain openness to new ideas” and helping to improve your skills as a teacher.
Before an individual can properly engage in reflective practice, three personal attributes need to be present [Dewey 1916].
The type of questions the teacher asks themselves changes as
experience is gained. Three levels of reflection have been identified
[Ian Mauen 1977].
Technical level of reflection
Practical level of reflection
This occurs when the teacher is approachable and flexible and when the teacher has developed an understanding of the effect of their own actions on other’s learning.
Critical level of reflection
This occurs when a teacher starts to see problems in context:
Many teachers already ask themselves these types of searching questions. It is often useful to use like-minded ringing teachers to interact with for this type of reflective practice. However, sometimes a teacher is in a situation where they are unable to collaborate with others. In this situation the like-minded group might be friends or other ringers. Discussion with like-minded people can generate insight and provide an alternative perspective on the situation. So if you do not think much about your teaching why not start discussing teaching with others, you may find it helps your teaching skills to improve.
A book for any ringing teacher, covering the “how to” from the first bell handling lesson to teaching someone how to ring their first method.
The Teacher's Guide and its companion publication The Ringer's Guide to Learning the Ropes are both available from the ART shop.