HEFi Reading Group: Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher: Seeing Ourselves through Students' Eyes

Thursday 24 November 2022 (10:00-11:00)


Chapter 6: Seeing Ourselves through Students’ Eyes from "Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher" by Stephen Brookfield  Read: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/bham/reader.action?docID=4790372.

Of all the pedagogic tasks teachers face, getting inside students’ heads is one of the trickiest. It’s also one of the most crucial. When we start to see our classrooms and our teaching through students’ eyes we become aware of the complex and sometimes contradictory perceptions students have of the same event. If we know something about the range of symbolic meanings our actions have for students, we’re better able to judge how to behave in a way that has the effects we’re seeking. For example, when we know that our silence is never meaningless or innocent to students (it implies approval or condemnation, and it’s confusing or helpful depending on the student or task) we’re reminded of the need constantly to say out loud what we’re thinking. Or, if students tell us that they like the way that specific discussion protocols democratize participation, we make sure we use these regularly. In this chapter I want to argue that seeing ourselves through students’ eyes is the best way to unearth the power dynamics of college classrooms and help us recognise hegemony.


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