As educators we often underestimate the importance of taking a step back from teaching and allowing ourselves the luxury to re-establish our pedagogical philosophy and direction. It’s so easy to get distracted and bogged down by the everyday teaching admin, getting lost in the never ending ‘to do list’, and before you know it a term or year rolls by in a blur.
This is why it is so important to allow yourself some time away from the coal face of teaching to allow your pedagogical batteries to be re-charged, and reflect on current practice. Whether you attend a teaching conference, CPD course, or simply evaluate your recent teaching, reflection is such an important aspect in working more efficiently, effectively and with greater purpose.
I came across this post from a couple of teachers in the states whose school has supported the teacher reflection process by providing them with the opportunity to attend the ACSI teachers convention where a number of speakers were present sharing teaching strategies, advice and support. It would appear to me that this convention, like many others, provides the opportunity for teachers to re-evaluate their own pedagogical philosophy with other education professionals.
Teachers are the leaders in learning, and if we as educators stop learning ourselves then how can we expect our pupils to become better learners? Most teachers do have the desire and drive to strive to become better teachers by reflecting on current teaching practice and learning new teaching strategies, but what most teachers need more of, is the time and support to conduct such reflection.