Painter-Farrell: [in reflection] the ego is the elephant in the room; we are very protective of our egos. #nystesol13
— TESOL at Rennert (@TESOLatRennert) November 15, 2013
This really is an important aspect of having the courage to reflect on one’s teaching. It speaks to both awareness and attitude. Once we become aware of something that didn’t work well in the class, do we have the courage to admit that and then work to make the necessary changes to improve the situation?
Reflection really does take courage.
It takes courage to admit that, although we always want to do our best, we are not perfect and can always improve our teaching practice. That’s both the challenge and the joy of teaching.
(In my rush to post this before midnight, I don’t think I really did this wonderful idea justice. Consider these my initial thoughts on this idea. I plan to revisit them at a later date.)