To review experienced dilemmas

Aim

To review experienced dilemmas.

Evidence and reflection

Think about your own situation and experiences. Look carefully at Figure 3.1 and see whether any of the identified dilemmas provide a realistic reflection of those you are experiencing. Are there other dilemmas that relate to your specific context?

Having carried out this exercise, try to identify the three most pressing dilemmas that you are facing. Think carefully about each of these and consider whether there are any measures that you might take to help mitigate them (for example, discussions with relevant colleagues about developing approaches to behaviour management; changing assessment practices in line with recent CPD events; changing the routines within the learning environment to ensure a better mix of child-initiated and adult-led activities.)

The important point here is to start with one dilemma and consider what evidence you need to be able to address it effectively, and where that evidence might come from. Progress will often be slow and incremental, but such professional development has powerful potential for change.

Extension

Note that this reflective activity may well lead to a more formalized piece of within setting research; this is considered in Reflective activity 3.2 opposite.