05 December 2008

15 minutes

I am currently part of a book club made up of a dozen teachers who are reading Debbie Miller's Teaching with Intention. In the book she encourages the reader to take 15 minutes at the end of each to reflect on what was learned about the art of teaching. She writes:
I learned plenty. Most of all, I learned the importance of slowing down and being present, of taking the time to think about and develop ideas, synthesize new learning, and write about what I had learned about my kids or myself as a teacher that day. And what that might mean for the days ahead.
Try it! Take 15 minutes or so at the end of the day and reflect on what you've learned. Write it down. (p. 20)
So, in my pursuit of teaching according to my own philosophy of education, I'll be making an effort to take 15 minutes at the end of each day to record my thoughts. We'll see how it goes. I launched this blog a week ago and this is my first post. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," right?

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