Twenty years of experience vs. one year of experience repeated twenty times.
Which of the two are you aspiring to?
In order to continually learn and grow in our profession we must critically think and ask ourselves the following questions on a regular basis;
- What are you doing?
- How are you doing it?
- Why are you doing it?
- How effective is it?
- How are the students responding? When, why and what were they doing?
- What can you do to improve?
As teachers we need to be continually improving and bettering our practice. We need to evaluate, analyse and truly observe what is happening in our classroom, to seek advice, research and keep up with the latest ideas.
Try jotting down the positives and negatives of each lesson, then once you have thought about what is going on in your classroom, you can;
- Think about the patterns and things you were unaware of
- Talk to other teachers, colleagues and your PLN to come up with a new idea or a way of doing something differently
- Research any area of interest or concern using books, the internet or academic articles
We need to strive to continually reflect, learn and try new things to broaden our experience and practice life long learning.
Are you up for the challenge?
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