How much do you think about your teaching?
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 it is suggested that three personal attributes need to be present [Dewey 1916]
1. Open mindedness
2. Whole heartedness
As a teacher gains experience the type of reflective practice changes. The type of questions the teacher asks themselves changes as experience is gained. There have been three levels identified [Ian Mauen 1977].
TYPE OF QUESTIONS
1. Technical level of reflection
2. 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.
3. 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 he or she in 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.
It is often useful to use like- minded ringing teachers to interact with for this type of reflective practice
Three personal attributes for effective reflection