As educators, we need to consider that there are two very important parts to quality learning: questioning and reflecting. It makes for a healthy mind to question what you are thinking and learning. Reflecting on our learning is not only an important part of the learning process, but also an automatic brain process. In other words, our brain automatically considers what it is learning before it "files" information.
As a self-proclaimed seditionist, I am always questioning myself and the topics to which I am very passionate. Seditionist can be defined as one who instigates or incites, but I prefer to think of myself as one who is discontent. With discontentment comes the ability to make meaningful change. To begin your journey of reflection, introspection and change, I have created a list of questions for your consideration.
Ponder the answers honestly (after all, there is no good reason to lie to yourself), and then determine if and how you can begin to look forward to meaningful, professional change. Think of this survey as a means of change in 2016. Good luck!
- What gets you excited about going to work at school every day?
A true reflection of yourself and your teaching must start with honesty and a commitment to change, even if it is going to sting a little. A true model teacher must reflect honestly and set goals based on his/her reflections. If you feel so inclined, share some of your reflections in the Huffington Post comments section. Let us help each other move towards meaningful change through our reflections.