“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.”
How often do you look into the mirror at your reflection, especially in the morning, shrug your shoulders and go about your way without fixing what the mirror is there to reveal? Not often. In education though, it’s done time and time again until the mirror stops reflecting what’s wrong in our methods because we’re to busy trying to reveal whats wrong with everything else. Self-Reflecting on what we are doing in the classroom is a critical piece to ensuring that we are providing the best possible learning experience for the students we have be given. Looking to see what the mirror reveals about our methods allows for us to truly ascertain the necessary steps we need to take in order to meet our students where they are.
Someone told me in that if we educators keep doing what we do, the same way we’ve always have done them, we will not get the same results like everyone thinks. The variable has changed; the student. Therefore, the way we approach the current learner has to be evaluated on a daily basis.With that being said, we need to get better at what we do every day. However, if we don’t look in the mirror of our teaching, we will not know what we need to get better at. Yes, that makes teaching more involved and stressful, but in the end, more rewarding.
So, Mirror mirror on the wall, please reveal what I need to get better at most of all.