Before starting the TDT (Tutor Directed Task) for this week, I looked at the Standards for Provisional Registration section 3.4.2. Within this section, it highlighted the importance of reflection; an example for professional actions regarding student teachers is ‘engaging where possible in the processes of curriculum development, improvement planning and professional review and development’.
Through reading over the points given it pushed me to reflect on the moments which I saw as important for my professional development in semester one. Despite viewing last semester as having no connection to teaching, this was wrong. It wasn’t until completing the reading which Derek set out, being ‘Reflecting on ‘Reflective practice’ ‘ by Linda Finlay, that I realised how important Dewey’s (1933) reflection-in-action and reflection-on-action is for practice.
Reflection not only allows you to see how you can better yourself for the next time you are on placement or completing a task, but it also gives you the opportunity to have someone else reflect on your actions. Although I am still reminding myself to reflect, this will hopefully stop overtime as by the end of my four years at university I will hopefully subconsciously begin to reflect after completing work.