During my time in university so far, reflecting on things has been a large part of this program. I have done countless reflections on work I have completed, lessons I’ve taught, and articles I’ve read. I have found the importance in practicing this, as I believe it makes me more aware. Being able to reflect on things I have learned or taught encourages me to investigate deeper.
Throughout the time I was able to teach during this school year, I was encouraged to reflect after each lesson. I got into the habit of self-reflecting on certain aspects that went well, what didn’t go well, and specific things that I could work on next time. Having this time for myself to gather my thoughts made it easier to learn from my mistakes. Although I tend to be hard on myself, I try very hard to find at least one good thing that happened. By doing this, I can at least pride myself with that one aspect while working on the others.
As a brand new teacher I think it is very important to celebrate even small victories in teaching. If we constantly focus on the negatives, it will lead us to get burnt out really quickly.