I’m always learning as I go along. I don’t profess to be an incredible teacher, the PGCHE course I’m currently studying is the only formal assessment of my teaching practices. I have found myself explaining materials and tools to others since a young age. The methods I’ve used to inform my teaching have relied heavily on my own personal reflective practice. I’ve become a better teacher because I’ve learnt from methods I have used in the past.
This notion of reflective practice is something I have really connected with as part of the PGCHE. The teaching of technical skills can sometimes be overlooked as a means of educating individuals. Many professional services staff that I’ve met in the past wouldn’t necessarily class themselves as educators, but that’s exactly what they are doing. Equipping students with the skills and knowledge to learn and understand new things is part of the teaching process.
My understanding and development of my own reflective practice has been improved by a book we were recommended to look at for our PGCHE sessions. Stephen Brookfield’s Becoming a Critically Reflective teacher has been an invaluable resource and has really resonated with my teaching experienced over the years. What is critical reflection? Why is it important? As well as being a valuable resource it’s also allowed my to reflect on my own teaching in a critical and meaningful way, and that’s never a bad thing! Definitely recommended!