Note 1: I don’t mean to attack anyone or their ideas, beliefs, definitions or anything.
Note 2: I think it’s great to start out a blog post with the above note.
Note 3: It seems I will be taking a break from the heavily observation/feedback focused turn the blog has taken lately and focus on reflection, which is another of my main interests.
When reading the most recent issue of KOTESOL’s “The English Connection” magazine I noticed the following ad for an upcoming symposium in Busan:
Much has been made about the need for teacher
improvement. We as teachers know that we
need to continue to develop our skills, teaching
techniques, and our delivery to help our students
understand the material that we present. How
can we measure our development? How can we
know if a lesson has actually been successful or
The BG-Kotesol Reective Teaching
Symposium, to be held at Busan
University of Foreign Studies on
April 21st at 2pm, will provide some
answers to these (and other) questions.
For more information visit the BG-Kotesol
Facebook page or contact us at
Actually, I didn’t just notice it. A few things jumped out at me!
I felt like maybe the person that wrote the ad and I might be working with different definitions of reflection and might have different assumptions about teaching and learning.* I am a big believer in reflection but I am not completely sure that it will necessarily help us answer the questions:
How can we measure our development?
How can we know if a lesson has actually been successful or not?
I think that we can find much, much more from reflection. I wonder what you, dear reader, see as the main questions that can be answered by reflection. What do you think are the main benefits of reflection? What questions do you think are answered through reflective practice?
I will actually be presenting at the symposium (but surely not answering the above questions!). Watch this space for more information. Please do be sure to read friend of the blog Josette LeBlanc’s post on her upcoming presentation at the symposium.
*I must admit that I am a bit leery of the word “present.” To my mind it assumes a certain role for the teacher and perhaps one that might not always be best for students. Maybe this is a post better left for another day!