This session embodied the notion of what a reflective practitioner truly is. As a beginning teacher being provided with the opportunity to partake in any personal development is a gift. During this session, the power of discussion and collaboration was truly evident between Tom Barrett, Jamie, Pat, Tameeka, Anthony and I.
The structure of the session was brilliant it allowed for there to be a clear direction/goal for the session which eased my nerves, as I was unaware that I would be joining the meeting until the morning of. I enjoyed the protocols section in particular as this created a safe environment which allowed me to openly reflect on my knowledge without judgement (which in hindsight are common practice, however, reiterating these at the beginning of the session I felt really calmed my nerves and humanised my colleagues in the room who have far more experience with and expansive knowledge on the curriculum than myself.) I felt this fostered rich discussion and personal reflection to occur between all parties.
Pedagogy Vs Curriculum
Prior to this session, I believed that the most important/challenging part of teaching stage 3 would be trying to engage the students through rich teaching strategies ( the pedagogies that drive our teaching). However, after this meeting, I realised that I had spent so much time focusing on the 'how' i will teach and not the 'what' i will be teaching. As this was my first time properly deconstructing the syllabus, it really helped me learn how to deconstruct an outcome in order to deepen my own knowledge which in turn will enhance my ability to teach. I found that these are not to be seen as separate entities but to be used together in order to enhance the overall teaching.
Naturally, I find myself in these kinds of situations feeling inadequate or that I do not have much to offer, but the way these sessions were run, I felt comfortable enough to contribute and put forth ideas, suggestions, and struggles in order to be shown tools and techniques to develop myself as a teacher. Particularly in regards to the syllabus which I found quite daunting, what a fantastic experience this was!