Category Archives: Learning to teach

Disobedient Teaching

Welby Ings (2017) Disobedient Teaching, Otago: University of Otago Press.   Welby Ings doesn’t tell you how to be a teacher, he shows you who you can be. Disobedient Teaching was profound not because of what Ings was saying but … Continue reading

Posted in Book review, Learning to teach

Ah-ha! having reflective insights

How common is it to have ‘ah-ha!’ moments as a result of reflective thinking? There seems to be an assumption that reflection should lead to profound, transformative insights. This is even given as a reason against using reflection in teacher education … Continue reading

Posted in Learning to teach, Reflection and improvement

Writing my teaching philosophy: abstract claims and concrete illustrations

Sometimes a teaching philosophy is too abstract: “I believe in a student-centred approach and I adopt this in all my teaching. I attempt to create a safe space so learners can blossom.” These can be important claims about you and … Continue reading

Posted in Evaluating Teaching, Learning to teach, Reflection and improvement, Teaching philosophy

Getting to know your students

In another blog I argued that we need to know our students if we are to teach well, because teaching is about who you know, not just what you know. But, every time we start a new course we have … Continue reading

Posted in Evaluating Teaching, Learning to teach, Students

Refining my reflections

Here is an example of my reflective thought process from rough reflections to more and more clear, elaborated and insightful reflections. This process normally happens very quickly, but I have deliberately slowed it down to show you how I think … Continue reading

Posted in Learning to teach, Reflection and improvement

Mentoring teachers

One of my roles is to mentor other teachers and enable them to improve and enhance their teaching. How do I mentor another teacher (the mentee)? When I reflected on this I realised I went through roughly ten steps. My … Continue reading

Posted in Learning to teach, Mentoring

Learning to teach by reflecting on your teaching

How do we learn to teach? We begin as novices to teaching in the sense that we have not taught before. But even then, we are not total novices as we have all experienced being taught. From these experiences we … Continue reading

Posted in Learning, Learning to teach, Reflection and improvement