This is the twelfth part of my Reflection Series – a self-reflection of my year teaching in the UK.
What was the most valuable thing you learned this year?
I keep coming back to this same point, so I guess it’s the crux of my reflection.
The most valuable thing I learned this year was to stand up for myself and make myself heard. I won’t go into detail again, as I feel like I’ve done that so much in previous posts, but I cannot emphasise enough how important of a learning curve that has been for me.
We think that school is all about the students learning, but there is a true part of it that focuses on us teachers learning too. We learn about new content, different pedagogies, professional relationships, and our own selves as practitioners. It’s part of what I love about this job – I get to keep learning alongside my students!
You can read more, if you haven’t already done so, in previous posts from the End of Year Reflection Series.
About the Author:
Emily is a secondary science and math teacher in Australia. She enjoys blogging about her experiences, facilitating the ‘light bulb’ moment in her students, and drinking tea and wine. Emily is currently on maternity leave with her first child. You can read more teaching articles from Emily here, or about her life as a new mum over at Actual Mums.