Friday, 11 December 2015

Teacher Reflection-Oneword2015 Engage

Writing a blog has been one of my goals to engage in the wider community, or more specifically the education community.

I am a first time blogger and of course very nervous about putting a piece of writing online for people to read and wonder what the response will be.

A few of my delimmas – “”Where do I start?” “What do I write about?”What are the expectations?” “Who would be interested in what I write?” “Is there a specific format or number of words you need to write?”

 Researching online, I read you needed to have a topic to write about first. That was easy, as part of our professional development, was to think of “one word”, to describe a personal focus for the year.  The word I chose was, “Engage”.

Engage in conversations with students.
Engaging in conversations with year one and year two students , talking about the activities they were involved in and articulating their discoveries. From having conversations with these young students, I learnt they were learning by absorbing information through daily interactions and experiences with the teachers and other students.  Students chose their own activities and their play mates, engaging in and taking turns in longer conversations. Students didn’t use paper and pen to solve problems, but solved them by trial and error. They were willing to share and allow others to try their ideas. Conversations with senior students were more complex and focussed on specific tasks. Students were involved in independent activities.

Engage in blogging –
 I’ve taken the first step by writing this blog and hopefully will develop confidence to write more to engage with others intellectually. Let’s be honest, we all need to do something
challenging at some point in life. It’s easy to slide into our comfort zones and stop growing.

Engage in research –
What does research say about coaching helping to improve student achievement?
A coach can foster conditions in which deep reflection and learning can take place, where a teacher can take risks to change their practice, where powerful conversations can take place and where growth is recognized and celebrated.
I continued to research different areas based on coaching and used the information to support others in their learning.

Engage in learning conversations
Taking the time to actively listen to colleagues and asking questions, lead to many learning conversations around teaching practices. Individuals are challenging current practices, listeing to and acting on feedback , and providing feedback that leads to improvements in student achievement.

Over the year I have continued to engage in conversations with students and staff. Engage has helped me to improve my own practices.

Staff have reflected on their practices, and positive relationships and trust have been established with students and staff.

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