I always love doing reflections. It allows me to know myself even better as individual, as a a friend, a student and citizen of this country. That is why I am really happy that the module that was given to us this week discusses more on reflection.Honestly, I didn’t even have a slightest idea that in becoming an effective teacher, one must be really reflective in his thoughts and actions. And it isn’t just about being reflective that we often thought we should be. There’s is more to it as I have come to discover that reflection is not only about having deep understanding of things,but it I came to know that reflection always leads to learning which will eventually leads to development at the end of it.
Here is my initial thought of Reflection before I started reading all the modules.
Reflection is a means that uses deep understanding of any lesson that you have pondered on. It is the best way to truly reflect on things that weights
more important to you. By reflecting, one will realized the essence of things around them.
I know reflection is indeed important for it is only through reflection that a teacher discover somethings that she needs to improve on as she goes along with her journey in teaching.
As I go along reading the materials, I have encountered some terms that I am afraid I wasn’t familiar before or worst this terms that I categorized which are already forgotten by me. Concepts like pedadogical thinkers, surface level learners , and tacit knowledge really is now new to me that I took the time to look out their meanings in the internet to really deepen my understanding with regards to subject. Upon learning all the new concepts, I took a mental note of this concepts for I might be bumping upon them in the future.
And then came the question on ” how teachers become active/proactive in their professional practice rather than reactive and enable them to develop tacit knowledge?”. I instantly was back then in my “reflective self” by the moment this question was asked in the module. My answer to this question is through reflective practices. As what Dewey and Schon wrote in their book that reflective practices is about being active, persistent and careful in their belief and suppose form of knowledge. And there are three pre-requisites in being a reflective teacher as discussed in Grant and Zeigner’s book: On Becoming a Reflective Teacher.
I just hope that I get to remind myself everyday of these characteristics for I know all of these fosters change, unify diversity amidst differences and celebrate teaching as a profession.
But the most important concept that is being introduced is the CRITICALLY REFLECTIVE TEACHERS or CRITICAL REFLECTION as a tool to help integrate the complexities and contradictions of teaching. I know way back in college we were taught that how to become critical when it comes to assessing our own decisions in life but being critical in our own reflection as teacher is totally different thing for this requires constant incorporation of skills to teaching. Indeed, it is not that easy as it may seem. And relating this idea to the current political system of our country can really be a great help for in my own opinion, people who are critical can definitely solve the “problem” itself rather than complaining on what they think are problems. Then we will have a Philippines that we really envision in the future.
At the moment, I am trying to take all in what I am starting to learn in EDS 111 (Principle of Teaching). It will never be an easy journey and that is a fact. As a learner, my own perspective will be challenge overtime and my ideas will be change as I get to know more of the concepts behind EDS 111 . I will just have to be prepared and have an open-mind to seek deeper truths in learning and reflection. I will just be willing to take responsibility with regards to my study and lastly I pray to the Lord Almighty to give me a heart that is willing to commit in learning all of this. I know it is going to be worth it at the end!
Without reflection,we blindly go on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.—Margaret J. Wheatley