Category Archives: My educational philosophy

Science or art, art and science

Bubble, Bulge and Bleb.

Somewhat a rather interesting tittle, have a little look.



When you visit a gallery, you expect to see art work, but it is very unusual and rather creative for me to see such modern art in a science format.

But at Dundee Life Sciences, Bubble, Bulge and Bleb, Artists and scientists collaborated to create a show case of cell of cell formation and its appearances of one a force has acted upon it.

A very interesting area looking into the advancement of modern technology on the illustrations , interpretations of science.

Self Reflection- sooo far in science, I see my self half way up the stairs, half way from the ground floor where I could not see myself as a confident practitioner delivering science but I can see myself getting there.

Science , is it all that hard.

A new year, a new subject and lots of new ideas to explore.

And this time it’s exploring Science ! My biggest fear was that it really as complicated as it has always seen to been to me. Does the concepts need to be something beyond my understanding,

Image result for famous quote from famous scientist

Strangely enough, and after a good thought the answer was NO. I thought to myself, look around you 2 things that you might have done today: walked; and played ball games. Both in itself a scientific understanding of its process. So science does involve my day to day life more than I think of it.

He’s a clip on our first group science experiment of the year. Very simple but just a start…

We might have not known what the substances were called or did not have the most accurate prediction, but we questioned and we tried. 

“Wisdom Begins With Wonder”

Blogging“Wisdom Begins With Wonder” Socrates.

I am sure that I am not the only one, but I’m sure many other students who embarked on the wonderful degree in Education brought together an entire baggage of emotions filled with happiness and success but I’m sure that worries were part of it.

Blogs, wait a second… “I’ve never shared very much online.”

What should I write ?

How will it read ?

Does it make any sense ?

The first few weeks on University came to me as a surprise, along with many really interesting and wonderful aspects. Yet, one aspect which was worrying me was our own blog sites. Coming in with very little experience of writing and sharing my views with others was not something which I was familiar with. Especially only where so many people could be able to see it.

To start of with I was very reluctant to post anything online especially as I did not who I am sharing it and how they would perceive it as. I would sit and try and think of ideas but I was very much like this.

blank-computer-screen No ideas ! No creativity ! No enthusiasm !

Now, semester one is over and I just cannot believe the self confidence which I have gained, which pushes me to want to write, to communicate and develop professional dialogues.

eportfoilo nwHere are a few words which express how I feel now.

I feel that I have started to get into having a sense of collaborative work, peer assessment and reflection in place which allows me to see when and how I can develop.






1373247292-402_90SOEKB10 blog 1 This is a very inspirational quote which allows me to reflect and look into how I can reflect as professional. An integral part of the GTCS standards which demonstrates that a professional is one who dedicates themselves to professional learning and development.

DiamondL_tcm4-810673 This is a diagram which leave’s you with some interesting areas in which you can see and develop yourselves,

I have started off by showing my steps of development:

Start using references to CfE and GTCS;

Add extra reading and references.

Please feel free to give me any feedback on how I can improve….

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Reflecting on Reflection

2000px-Thought_bubble.svgI had always primarily thought of reflection as looking back at an experience or an idea and developing on it. However, as I have read further into it, I have come to know that reflection allows an individual to take a step back and question your work. It gives you an opportunity to question your belief and ideally see where you could be going wrong.


As a Student Teacher, reflecting on my learning will enable me to further my knowledge in certain areas but not only that, it will give me room to see aspects in which there is scope for development and also consider my weaknesses. In addition, reflecting at my assignments, will give me the fantastic opportunity to really think about where I am going right and what I can do to develop. It will allow me to take control of my own learning in various aspects and see how I can develop as an individual and as a Student Teacher.


Looking at Gibbs’ Model of Reflection (1988) I have been able to evaluate some of the main concepts that will go through the process of reflection. As a Teacher reflection will play a vital part in my day to day life. Reflection gives you an opportunity to consider solutions for your problems. Simple questions such as ‘what made today’s class success’ and ‘how can improve my time management’ will be stimulus to bigger and very important answers which will simultaneously effect my Professional Practice as well as impacting on my students.

Reflection is a process in which you can see yourself and your experience from a different perspective. Through which you allow yourself to question and to be critical about your work. Not only to develop yourself as an individual but to allow change to benefit others and the children who I will go onto teach.

Enquiring Practitioner

Enquiring Practitioner relates to life long learning, willing to listen and further questioning different issues around you. A summary of what it means to be an Enquiring Practitioner defined by Menter et al (2011), is a ‘finding out’ or an investigation with a rationale and approach that can be explained or defended.’ To ‘find out’ raises a huge aspect for me, to be willing to question the work I do and to ask a question about any problems that may be arising in the class setting with me a stimulus to an answer.

I was very mesmerised by the idea of “investigating through different lenses” (Donaldson 2011) opens up the idea of co-operative learning and working colligiately with staff and other educational organisations to further question your own work. Each person has a unique personality which allows them to have different perspectives and contrasting ideas which creates a ‘group dynamic’ ( Study Skills ). This enhances the idea of collegiality and working as part of a team. Working colligiately as a Teachear involves Staff meetings, joint planning and school events to name a few. Through these experiences Teachers have the opportunity to participate in group discussions and effectively contribute to the discussions.

The review also states that Teachers are ‘agents of their own learning’ which shows that Teachers have the responsibility to ongoing learning and being aware of updated rules and regulations. Practitioner Enquiry gives the Teacher a better understanding of their practices and allows them to investigate new strategies.

what-is-practitioner-enquiry-diagram It is cutial to question believes, assumptions, value and practices. Teachers has to challenge their professional practice in a manner which will benefit their students and in a way which will have a positive impact on them.

why-practitioner-enquiry-diagram Being an Enquiring Practitioner has many benefits to the Teacher, their students and the school as a whole. Being able to ask questions and convey your view point can have a wider benefit and answer wider questions. It keeps the Staff informed and maintains a collegiate attitude within them in which they are willing to work together to tackle many issues.

teachers-engaging-in-pe-570x428 This diagram here illustrates the numerous ways in which a Teacher can engage in Practioner Enquiry. It reflects deeply on the idea of a Teacher being open minded, willing to question and ‘having a critical hat on’ which allows you to take a step back assess what is happening.

‘It is argued by McLaughlin et al (2004) that teachers who engage in research have “better understanding of their practice and ways to improve it”.For some teachers, enquiry may promote levels of critical reflection that are ‘transformative’” . This is very crutial as it explains how an Enquiring Practioner will be willing to adapt to their norms in order to benefit their students. It is challenging for an individual to raise an issue, or your voice against the views of everyone else.

Even as a student, I will take part in many colligiate situations such as workshops, group assignments and peer feedback. I would have a professional responsibility and engage with the work I undertake, whilst questioning issues I am not fully understanding and being critical about different issues.

I have become aware of many new situations in which a Teacher can be an Enquiring Practitioner and how that effects their day to day life. I have a better understanding of how this will impact me as a Student Teacher and benefit me as a future Teacher.


The Virtues of Teaching

There are numerous qualities which a teacher needs to posses but I am going to focus on 5 which I feel are really important.

  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Respect
  • Kindness
  • Self-Control

Patience is a vital quality which a Teacher should possess. As a Teacher it is very important that you are willing to listen to children and take time to understand them. Children might have had problems at home and therefore have not been able to do their homework and instead of a Teacher just getting them into trouble, they should ask the children if they were finding it hard or if they needed more help. A child will most likely approach a teacher if they know that the teacher will be willing to listen and be keen to help them. Furthermore, a Teacher might face behaviour problems in on the class, but instead of just getting the child into trouble the teacher should acknowledge the child as a whole and practice different teaching and learning method as they might show frustration because they are unable to understand the work the teacher gas given them.

Another important virtue is Empathy. Everyday a Teacher comes across children who have different issues at home and are affected by it. A Teacher should be understanding towards the child and encourage them to stay positive. A Teacher should keep any personal issues confidential and share it with a line manager if any further action needs to be taken.

Respect is a key virtue which a Teacher needs to role model. Children will look upto the teacher, listen to the way she speaks to them and effectively to other teachers. They will catch words and phrases as they hear them and learn how to speak politely to one another. They will watch to see how the teacher respects their resources, book and pens and them follow such actions. For example, if a teacher uses pens then puts the back to the pencil case without throwing them, then the children will learn how to treat the pens and keep them safe.

In addition, children will learn their manners and how to act by people around them. In a classroom setting children will have their teachers as a role model and see how they behave. Teachers will teach them daily how to be kind to one another and how you can effectively communicate to one another without causing an argument. Children catch the smallest of actions and will learn through what they see and hear.

Lastly, Self-Control is very important for a Teacher as there are lots of things which always change and the teacher needs to know how to effectively adapt to it. For instance, a Teacher might have planned her class lessons weeks in advance but last minute something changes and that means that the lessons will need to change. As a teacher you need to maintain your self control and not show your emotions such as worry on your face as the children are all under your supervision and if you start to panic then it will be natural for the children to get panic. Therefore teacher needs to maintain their self control, sometimes by even taking a step back and a moment to think.


What teaching means for me ?

For me teaching is not only a phenomenal profession in which I can help shape a child’s future, but develop their skills and see their growth. Most importantly, it is a fantastic profession which gives me an opportunity to learn and develop my skills as every teaching day is different and it brings in its own challenges. Through my experiences in different schools, I have had the opportunity to witness the real life challenges of teaching and being able to tackle such situations with the help of the class teachers increased my self-confidence. Being able to work alongside many teachers gave me a true insight to their day to day work and increased my skills. I was given many responsibilities, such as working with children in small groups doing literacy to leading a P.E session. At first I felt nervous but as my placement went on I began to feel that I am able to understand and help the children more confidently. I was able to see myself as a Teacher, and work collaboratively with the staff.

My vision of a perfect teacher is one which can bring a wealth of knowledge into the class and share the knowledge with the students in a fun and interactive manner. I would like to make learning fun and engaging for all the children making sure I can personalise the work to meet all the children’s needs. Most importantly I would like to bring in lots of different teaching and learning styles which would make the teaching day more interesting.