Bellwork: In groups of two we spent time reflecting on the following points of this weeks readings:
List 3 strong reflective practioneer practices: (following is a comprehensive list)
- Consider different points of view
- Examine consequences beyond the puzzle
- Pose the problem differently
- Constant reflection (Before, During and after)
- Knowledge-in-action (reflect on your own experience and/or research of others)
- Don’t wait for problem to arise
- Realize that your practice can always be improved
- Question the power relationships that may be implicit in your practices
- Look beyond the classroom to realize limitations and opportunities from outside constraints
- Question practices that seem to make teaching easier
- Actually apply lessons learned
- Lessons learned must be feasible and practical
Name 2 reflective teaching practices that we would like to develop.
- Never assume you’ve got nothing left to learn
- Don’t keep making the same mistake
- Stay open minded and be willing to change
- Immediate reflection after a lesson or activity
- Remember positive as well as negative
- Do not automatically accept/assume the common view of the problem as the correct one
- Mindfulness-pay attention to the here and now
- Talk/collaborate with other teachers
- Tape yourself
- Get useful feedback on methodologies early in the school year
- Find a way to record your ideas for the future
Think of one common-sense assumption that was challenged or hit you the hardest.
- Visiting groups can be perceived as if you do not trust them
- Mandated confessionals- students will write what you want to hear, not what they actually think
- Group discussion- students often don’t know ho to do it
- Students like group discussions – but not all are comfortable with this (may need to think of a variety of learning strategies
- The answer is out there- want to believe it but maybe it won’t be (may have to search for it)
· Greece Central School District posts all of their curriculum guides online
· Next week: Mock interviews
i. Use purple sheets to check out practice interview questions
ii. Think of 3 key point to make in an interview: helps to articulate teaching philosophy & keep the big picture in mind
· 5%: Submit something on Blackboard with a self-assessment
i. What are you getting out of it?
ii. What went well?
iii. What didn’t go so well?
Facilitation: Reflective Teaching
For our part as facilitators this week, we asked everyone to come up with a question that wasn’t on the quiz that you would have liked to see OR alter a question that was on the quiz to make it better:
Here are a few examples & critiques that we received:
- Question #4: A little bit difficult to read- to make it more relatable, link it to movies or shows (similar to the structure of one of the questions on Dylan’s quiz)
- Would have liked to see an emphasis on the true features of reflection
- Question: Is the exact answer out there? If not, what do you do to find an answer?
Introduction to Final Quiz: Kristen & Chris
- Played “eat poop you cat”: Introductory activity that asked everyone to draw pictures & write sentences in responses to the pictures as a way to get the creative juices flowing; very similar to the telephone game and very hilarious!
- Next Week Quiz Creation
- Linked together 3 statements with 2 connections to create one question for the final quiz
- Worked with partners to make connections between three phrases from this terms’ readings then these were posted for the whole class to use as a resource to make questions for our final quiz next week