One Teacher's Reflective Journey
Thomas S. C. Farrell [+]
This chapter outlines one experienced TESOL teacher’s reflective journey using a framework for reflecting on practice that included reflections on his philosophy, principles, theory, practice, and beyond practice. The results of his reflective journey revealed that the common themes of approachability, art-oriented conceptions, and curiosity emerged in all aspects of his reflections. However, these themes did not emerge in the same form in each aspect of teacher’s reflections, but rather as uniquely influential parts of a larger whole. The holistic framework for teacher reflection employed in his journey provided multiple filters through which these various parts could be viewed. The complex and dynamic nature of this type of reflection attests to the importance of frequent reflective practice for gaining a complete understanding of the factors that influence what teachers do in the classroom.