Teaching empathy

Teaching empathy is crucial if students are to understand empathy as a concept in order to be able to demonstrate historical empathy, for example. Here is a useful resource.

Lesson planning – some recommendations

When observing experienced teachers in lessons or when looking at their lesson plans, the lesson planning process appears easy. However, once you start planning your first lesson you will soon realise that there are many aspects that you must take into consideration. Here are some recommendations to get you started.

Writing entries in a reflective journal

Writing entries for a reflective journal is often a daunting aspect of teacher training, as we are not used to writing diaries. Here are some thoughts on how to get started with writing reflections.

Critical incidents according to Tripp

This is a brief outline of what Tripp considers as critical incidents.

Reflective model according to Gibbs

This is a brief description of how the reflective cycle according to Gibbs works.

Reflective model according to Brookfield

This is a brief description of how Brookfield's four lenses work in reflective practice.

Reflective model according to Kolb

This is a brief description of Kolb's reflective model.

Reflective model according to Rolfe et al.

This is a description of how Rolfe's model of reflection should be used in order to improve practice and learning.

Etiquette at University

When joining a University it is imperative to acquaint yourself with the usual habits and rules. Generally, however, you should always be on time and be polite.

Teaching and reflective practice

Teaching and learning are complex due to the many factors that impact what happens in a classroom. Teachers need to constantly adapt and change their activities and plans accordingly. And in order to do just that in an efficient and effective way, teachers must be reflective.

Challenges for mentors

Being a mentor for trainee teachers is rewarding and challenging at the same time. Ultimately, the smiles on a trainee teacher's face after successful lessons is definitely worth every battle against all odds.