I was reading last week Peter Scales’s chapter “The reflective teacher”… it was an enlightening read for me although by-nature I am doing a lot of self-observation, trying to recognise patterns and ways of improvement and development.
The last two years or so, I have also been through my Chartership process in which reflection is the core element. It was very difficult for me to make sense of the process because I take for granted that Librarians should update themselves on a daily basis. If you want to be called an “Information professional”, you need to walk at the same pace as technology does and as the Information landscape evolves.
I will try this week to post on a daily basis the bright moments experienced while reading Scales’s chapter and reflecting on my practice based on her guidance.
My bright Moments:
Scales’s reading added new dimensions to the way I was reflecting so far.
One of the things that impacted on my perceptions on reflection was Scales’s reference on Goleman’s theory on Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Goleman’s framework of Emotional Intelligence (EI) (2000) “reflects how an individual’s potential for mastering the skills of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management translates into on-the-job success.” Moore argues that if we include feelings in our reflection process, the latter will help us develop our Emotional Intelligence (IE), since Emotional competence is “a learned capability” that can be developed (Goleman, 2000).
The bigger picture:
Do tips, tricks and techniques lead to job success? Do they help us become good teachers and good professionals in general?
I would not think so. If tips, tricks and techniques were enough then so many professionals would be able to efficiently manage difficult situations based on the numerous workshops they attend on how to deal with difficult people, or difficult situations. While tips have their own place in our practice, they don’t help us to establish social or self-awareness, empathy or sympathy in order to be able to manage a challenging environment or connect with students.
Interesting Resources to explore:
Goleman, D. (2000). An EI-based theory of performance. In D. Goleman, & C. Cherniss (eds.), The Emotionally Intelligent Workplace: How to Select for, Measure, and Improve Emotional Intelligence in Individuals, Groups, and Organizations. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. [Online] [Accessed 13 May 2012]