I just realized that it has been over a month since my last blog post, and that is pretty disturbing for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am not egotistical enough to be fearful that my millions of loyal readers are thirsting for the wisdom that I impart. Instead, when I’m not blogging, I worry that I’m not spending enough time reflecting. An old adage says “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it really make a sound?” I wonder if the parallel is true for reflection. If you reflect on your work, but no one hears about it, is it truly reflective?
As teachers, we must constantly assess and reflect. Every choice of my day is based on the information gathering that I do as a teacher. Today we were working on rounding numbers to the nearest ten. When my students couldn’t tell me that 19 is between 10 and 20, my lesson plan for the day went out the window. I couldn’t press on with my intended plan when the prior knowledge that was required was not present. I reflected, adjusted and progressed. In education today, we love acronyms. So, did I rap?
My lack of blogging does not mean that I have not reflected, but without putting these reflections into a tangible context, can I maximize their potential for growth? When I blog to reflect, I get the benefit of feedback from peers and friends, other experts who could probably share a thousand ways of teaching rounding that would benefit my students. When I publish my thought process, ideas, frustrations and triumphs that blossom through reflection, I can actually better myself as a reflective teacher. The act of putting these precise reflections into cohesive words and sentences offers a deeper chance for me to explore my ideas with precision and purpose.
In a year where constant reflection and assessment are going to be more critical than ever, I am pledging to make this process more open, honest and published.
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