Category Archives: Reflection and improvement

My student complains I don’t give enough feedback, but I give lots of feedback!

Here is my reflective, diagnostic process for figuring out what to do. My initial analysis of the situation: Although my feedback practices normally work for my students, they aren’t working for this student. I need to diagnose what the problem … Continue reading

Posted in Postgraduate education, Reflection and improvement

That’s a good question

Sometimes in a seminar, lecture or discussion, if we don’t know the topic we feel like we can’t really participate or engage. We might know nothing about postmodern accounts of learning, for example, or the learning styles of accounting students, … Continue reading

Posted in Higher education, Reflection and improvement

Let me be clear! How can I tell when I need to clarify my writing?

I taught a workshop for supervisors recently about assisting your students to write. I said that one reason why our students write badly is because they cannot tell whether their writing is good enough. When they read their own writing … Continue reading

Posted in Reflection and improvement, Writing

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

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, Teaching philosophy

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