Before I try to share my RP Mission Statement, I want to share my view on why one might take the time to reflect. Because it is only natural to wonder whether I am a good teacher, or what kind of relationship I create with my learners, and if they actually like me and my way of teaching. Positives statements like “I had fun today.” or “My teacher is cool.” can make me feel great about myself, but does not give me the whole picture of what as an English teacher I am really achieving. I mean afterall what is my objective?
And what about their needs/objectives? And if affectively speaking here, they can’t meet the language objectives because they have needs/objectives other than the ones in my own agenda? Do actually teens have any clue about what they need or want, other than what adults tell them? Most of them when asked why they are taking the course, they will parrot their parents or what school says. At least this is the case here.
But wait, few actually do have goals/dreams set for themselves. Some will even be using English already outside the class. So my main goal is to help them learn a second language, right? That is my job. Sometimes it seems mission impossible when you are faced with teens that are not that interested in speaking a second language. But, but that is what I am suppose to be doing/achieving. Right?
Where does this leave me?
If my main objective is to provide good learning experiences to my learners in order for them to learn English, my RP Mission Statement will be about finding out whether I am achieving that goal or not. As Freire once have said, “The experience teaches us that not everything that seems obvious is so obvious as it seems.” So if things are not as obvious although it seems obvious, the need to reflect is imperative.
I like Anna Loseva’s concept of RP,
“as an idea to develop for a teacher after actually going through some mental process of analysis and further action based on it + some research”
“RP interests me because it seems to be about thinking, taking this thinking to deeper levels, digging for something that lies below the surface.”
I feel the same as Anna about RP.
My RP Mission Statement is…
John Pfordresher had this idea of starting RP online. You can read more about this here. Check out the comments. The whole thing starts there. 🙂
Reflective Practice Challenge 1 Mission Statements by…
My special thanks to John for the effort of creating RP sessions online. I really appreciate it. And thanks for everyone’s posts. My next mission is to read all of them and leave a comment.