Be willing to reflect and change
This change may be to your activity planning and lessons or it may be change at a more personal and fundamental level . In either case, a habit of reflection is the key.
Teachers expect learners to come into their classes or centres and in some way be changed; we require that learners are prepared to take on new ideas, challenge themselves, accept failure and try again. We want them to have a love of and commitment to learning and continuous development and improvement. We ask them to “take responsibility for their learning”. So what about us? Should we not also share the same commitment, if we believe that this is the way to be ‘educated’?
Great teachers have an abiding commitment to lifelong learning and development, are open to change and are constantly striving for improvement. Here is some good general advice about the necessity of continuous learning in today’s world, from Dr Terry Paulson.
This video from NZ shows an experienced Educator reflecting on the changes that have occurred within the role of the teacher and the crucial importance of developing critical reflective skills and habits. This video looks specifically at what reflective practice means in a teaching context and how to actually begin and managing reflective processes. Robert Marzano is a well-known Teacher Educator and author who is shown here running a workshop with teachers designed to develop strong reflective practices – it includes some footage in real classrooms.