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Week 3 Reflections, Experiential Learning: EVO 2017

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What kind of a teacher am I? What are my teaching practices and how do they affect my students?

To begin with, it is essential for me to go deeper and reflect myself and my teaching practices. What is reflection itself? I have found a couple of definitions on the web:

Confucius said, ‘By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest’.

John Locke  states, ‘Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him’. (more here)

Oxford: Reflection is serious thought or consideration.

Thesaurus:

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The ability to reflect enables us as teachers and helps us build, try, reflect, re-strategy and re-launch our teaching methods and approaches anew. This never-ending circle of action-> experience->reflection (you can take any stage as a starting point, to my mind) actually provides us with fundamental awareness that nothing is constant and teaching practices tend to be improved and enriched.

It is wonderful when teachers have a golden opportunity to improve themselves gaining an access to contemporary sources provided by their workplace [here I take off my hat to my dear generator of ideas —  Skyeng]. Anyway, educators should be willing to self-learn, self-develop and self-contemplate all the time.

I would like to paraphrase the following statement Teaching practice is an important component of becoming a teacher’ , and apply it to those who are already teachers:

Teaching practices and ongoing zest to study is a key component of becoming a better teacher day in and day out.

Here I am going to share some points that are on my Top-13 Teaching Practice List (please notice the list is not prioritized, just it comes the way I recollect the ideas):

  1. To be clear (from A to Z): state objectives, announce goals, agenda, be precise and transparent, reflect and give students to reflect during the lesson, sum up and let the reflection flow after the goals are achieved, so that students could see the practical application of the lesson and assess the outcomes;
  2. Metacognitive strategies, Multiple intelligence, Bloom’s taxonomy, Critical Thinking;
  3. Formative assessment;
  4. Empathic feedback, feedback on accuracy, feedback on fluency;
  5. Teachers’ collaboration and experience exchange;
  6. Self-education (attending webinars, participating in workshops, listening to lectures, reading various literature);
  7. Self-interest and self-engagement in each student;
  8. To be a facilitator of the learning process;
  9. Praise, socialize, provide with appropriate materials and resources;
  10. Follow your TTT (Teacher Talking Time=30%) and STT (Student Talking Time=70%);
  11. Plan, personalize, motivate, improvise;
  12. Be a good listener;
  13. Be state-of-the-art professional.

To sum up, I would like to share my vision on a Teacher and let you ponder on which teaching practices may occur if you possess these qualities and keep on improving yourself daily:

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I would like to express much gratitude to Experiential Learning: EVO 2017 for giving me this food for thought, support and motivation!

Cordially, 
Anastasiia Gubarenko

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