The ABC of ELT

Reflective Practices

I have to confess my reflective practices are poor to non existent!

At most I usually get a “I think that went well/didn’t go well, they really liked X” and then about 5 minutes later I’ve completely forgotten the thought.

Partially, this stems from my Dyslexia, poor memory and organisational skills but I have managed to overcome this in other areas of my life so why not here?

I was recently struck by several articles from around the teaching blog sphere on the role that good structured reflective practices can play in helping a teacher to develop and it got me thinking about my own failings here.

So what am I going to do?

1. Set up a system for reflective practice on Evernote to log instant thoughts about my lessons.

was the lesson good? why/not?

2. Compare my plans for that night:

What didn’t I do, what did I do instead, What worked, what didn’t go as I had expected and why? [using my log on Evernote]

3. Have a special focus for note taking:

Perhaps one that arises from an observation or something that I read (at the time of writing it is what is my main resource for lessons, planned and unplanned)
4. Post anything that I emerges during the lesson:

Perhaps something obvious I haven’t been doing, or a question that I want to consider. This may well become a research topic or my 3 reflection for the next week/month.

I am also considering taking some photos of the board work that I do. Having looked at Dale Coulter and Mike Harrison’s blogs I have come to appreciate the difference I can see in their Board work and my own. In addition, in a recent lesson looking at modal verbs of permission, prohibition and suggestion the students came up with the rule for the class that I should write larger. I realised that I have a responsibility to present my Board work as best I can so it is logical, easy to read, helpful and purposeful!
As such keeping some record of my boardwork should help to fulfil this purpose.

About Chris Wilson

I'm an English Language teacher based in Krakow, Poland. I enjoy writing, using technology and playing the Ukulele.

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