People who work in the education industry need to be reflective, regardless of the length and wealth of their experiences. Being able to pause and think about one’s beliefs, attitudes and behaviours can greatly help both professionals and students alike. However, evaluating your own actions and philosophies should also be coupled with the willingness to change.
In this light, I urge you to conduct the following reflective exercise (adopted from Bartolo et al., 2007):
Think of two of your current or previous students- one who was very successful in school and one who was not. Consider the impact on them of their:
This is an old documentary about Jane Elliot’s thought-provoking exercise. In 1968, she divided a class of third-graders into two groups- blue-eyed and brown-eyed and told the children that blue-eyed people are better than brown-eyed ones. Watch what happened:
What do you think about this? What can we learn from this?
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