To analyse dimensions of our ‘selves’

Aim

To analyse dimensions of our ‘selves'.

Evidence and reflection

Think of specific and memorable incidents in which you were centrally involved. Try to identify the most prominent characteristics of your ‘self' which they reveal. It may be helpful to situate your reflection (e.g. as a ‘parent', as a ‘child', as a ‘pupil', as a ‘trainee', as a ‘teacher').

Try to identify:

  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...                    
  1. ....
  2. ....
  3. ....
  1. ....
  2. ....
  3. ....

It would probably be beneficial to do this exercise with a friend. It could help you to deepen your understandings, share and explain your perceptions, whilst providing mutual support.

Extension

Clearly, the challenge of being a reflective teacher is intimately bound up with reflection on such personal issues. It is about replacing blind spots with insights, about developing dreams and ideals into realities, about tapping potential and facilitating learning.