Sarah Simons

Self-reflection: the key to being a better teacher

Those training to become teachers can find reflective practice a painful and awkward prospect, yet it is an essential part of maintaining professional standards. Sarah Simons hears from one teacher educator who is seeking to instil a sense of self in her charges

There's an 'I' in 'reflection'

For even the most bullish, self-confident individuals, critical self-analysis can be a difficult process – picking, as it potentially does, at their deepest insecurities. So, for most teachers, who tend to be modest and humble beings, it can feel almost impossible.

However, self-reflection is a key part of training for the job and colleges need to find a way to get would-be teachers more comfortable – and expert – in the process. Annie Pendrey, a lecturer in teacher education at Halesowen College in the West Midlands, thinks she has done just that. By using a box.

Pendrey teaches ...

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