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When we are employed in any position the key ingredient that helps us enjoy our job is to ask the question – what did I learn today?
This can be something you attach to your bathroom mirror and look at when you go to bed or it could be a simple question to stick on your desk so it’s the last thing you see before you check out for the day.
To development in anything one of the most important things we need to learn to do is to review what it is that we did and as a result what we have learned.
Why is it important?
- It tells you if you were watching what you were doing
- It tells you what you understood the response
- It highlights what you didn’t understand and what you need to look at again before tomorrow
- It allows you the chance to think through and project what might be coming next
- It asks you to think about additional materials you may want to use tomorrow
- It gets you prepared for the next day, because the next day should be a follow through from the day before.
- It makes you aware of what you are being paid for and if you have given value for your students money
- It reminds you that learning is a two-way thing, the student can do their part, but you have to be able to do your part too and think it through and make sure it does or doesn’t make sense to you.
The last one is a particularly important part to this question. If you cannot answer this question with the No. 8 information, you have to do some deeper thinking about you as a learner. Being the best learner possible is what will take you from a basic teacher to the best teacher in the school.
So ask yourself – what did you learn today in your ESL class?