Self-reflection to improve teacher development
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Mejía Cordero, Isbelia Arlenys
This qualitative research work attempts to improve my teacher development through self-reflection process. Reflection is not an easy exercise to do. It requires from us objectivity, and to keep in mind what exactly we need to change or improve. This study aimed to contribute to this line of research by examining my own teaching practices, students´ perception about teacher and English class at public school in Malambo, Colombia. The interviews, class observations, journals, document analysis were helpful instruments to develop this autoethnography inquiry. The analysis of these instruments revealed that as English teacher I have great acceptance by students. Besides, the findings reveals that teacher´s attitude and personality influence on student´s English learning. On the other hand, as teacher, I need to keep in mind some aspects that influence in our performance. The socio-affective factors, the standards, students learning style, the specific school and context requirements play an important role when as teacher planning the classes. Topics can be more interesting, and meaningful if these are developed in real communicative way. This inquiry as initial phase of a future action research contributes to identify the level of teachers’ reflection to improve our teacher development. English class, learners and community can benefit from the implementation of this kind of exercise.