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Reflective Practice in a Teachign context

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Reflective Practice in a Teaching Context The purpose of this essay is to look at reflective practice and what skills are needed for teaching. The essay will also outside my experience of working as a teacher at my placement. Reflective practice is a concept that is used in education studies; it involves the learner considering incidents from their life experiences and thinking about what they are learning. As defined by Schon (The Reflective Practitioner in 1983), reflective practice involves thoughtfully considering one's own experiences in applying knowledge to practice while being coached by professionals in the discipline. Schon (1983) suggested that the ability to reflect on action as a process of learning was one of the most important factors in a professional practice. Reflective practice is applied in a cyclical or spiraling process where teachers monitor their own teaching continuously which clearly requires a good attitude of open-mindedness and responsibility. It is also enhanced through communication and feedback from colleagues. Learning is all about change which we see through experience by reflecting on what we have learnt and how we have changed, as defined by Kolb (1984). ...read more.

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A positive criticism of applying reflective practice in an educational practice can help to build up confidence amongst teachers. However limitations of Schon is the idea that we all need mentor, which point to the important role of language and interaction in developing shared understandings (Vygotsky 1978) A further criticism of Schon is that his focus is too much on the individual, without considering the interaction between the wider social setting, including the purposes of schooling and the professional. There are certain skills required in order to be a successful at teaching, these include: Communication skills which is the most important. The tone, volume, and emotions of a teacher can play a very big role when talking to students. Teachers must be able to show that they care and are concerned when need be. Positive motivation helps students to want to learn. Feedback is important because good teachers show that they are actually interested in a student's opinions and feelings, it is also helpful in building relationships with students. A good sense of humor helps to show students that they are a normal person, which helps them to learn and motivate in a relaxed but still firm setting. ...read more.

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I regularly gave feedback to students on their class work and homework as well as praising students for getting answers correct. Regularly students came to me with problems such as finding work difficult and I made sure that I showed sympathy and made sure that they knew I was there to help them, I received extremely positive attitude back because of the soft tone and approach that I used. Working in a classroom was an exciting insight into my future career. I feel that as a teacher I play a very important role in society, education is a huge factor in everyone's childhood and youth as it helps you with your potential career. Some say that teaching is difficult because of all the problems that arise when working with teenagers however this is the reason why teachers must have all of the above interpersonal skills. Reflective practice is something that I feel is very helpful and it has helped me whilst I was teaching, as I continuously thought over what I was learning and teaching and how things could be made better. If you are continuously reflecting you are learning more and more. ...read more.

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