Reflection is deemed to be one of the most important things a teacher should be doing on a regular basis. On the eve of my fifth observation (of six) to go towards my NQT portfolio, I decided to reflect on how far I've come in the past year.
|A PGCE plan and annotation.|
Even though it wasn't my favourite task, I made a point of sitting down after every lesson and annotating those plans and I actually grew to quite enjoy it. What went well? How could I further improve on that? What am I never attempting again with that class? I also made a point of making changes to the resources to make sure that for 'next time' they were better. Yet, 'next time' it was a completely different room full of students with completely different needs, experiences and knowledge. That's what I love about being a teacher. You may teach the same content but you'll never teach the same thing, the same way twice.
Before continuing, it's also worth noting that I've kept every single lesson plan I wrote and every piece of feedback I ever received whether that be a formal observation or a few notes on a scrappy piece of the paper. In the build up to this observation, I took my time to just sit and read the comments and reflections my mentors gave me and seeing how far I have come from day one really gives me something to be proud of. Looking back at the quality of my work in the initial solo lessons I taught, I just sit and think "how did I get away with that?". I'd be very concerned if I saw no difference though. The fact that the differences are so blinding shows that I've progressed just as we are so keen for our pupils to do. I will always be most proud of my favourite French teacher grading my lesson to be 'Outstanding'. Having being taught by her for A-Level and loving every lesson, the fact that she deemed me to be of that quality meant the world to me.
|I'd like to think I've tackled those areas for development!|
I see and hear of people around me (whether it be in my department, in other schools or Twitter) that are doing amazing things for their pupils. The blogosphere and educators I have encountered since the creation of this blog has given me a real surge of energy and the confidence to see that what I'm doing is good.
By no means am I saying that I am the finished article and the fantastic/daunting thing is that I never will be. I'll continue to grow and develop year on year and this is a prospect I find incredibly exciting.
UPDATE: I GOT A 1!!!