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Reflective thinking is an important professional skill. I tend to concentrate on things to ‘fix’ and do better at. To model reflective thinking, I share my own reflections with students. I read an entry about running tutorials differently – orienting students for activities more clearly and making expectations clear. There was silence.
Until one student piped up, ‘Yeah, I think you’re wrong.’ Silence again. ‘Uh oh’, I thought. ‘Here it comes’.
‘You give clear instructions’, they continued. Another chimed in, ‘I always know what I have to do. You’re being too hard on yourself.’ Students went on to provide constructive criticism on my tutorials, while celebrating what worked.
I finished that day learning more than I had taught.