Trying something new, whether it is a new activity we decide to bring into class or a new position we take on, is always challenging and requires a lot of courage and spirit. In this issue, Matthew Turner, Yitzha Sarwono, and our brave new blogger Ruthie Iida share their personal stories of being newbies – in integrating a deaf student into an oral communication class, in teacher training, and in becoming a student again.
For most of us this time of the year is a well-deserved holiday season. What do teachers do to clear their heads and unwind after a day, week, or whole semester of hard work? In this issue, Chris Mares, Aziz Soubai, and David Dodgson share with us their ways to restore energy.
In this issue, Chuck Sandy, Theodora Papapanagiotou, and Angelos Bollas tell us inspirational stories about their own mentors, people who helped them to shape their beliefs and become the teachers and people that they are.
In the second issue of the Blog devoted to Reflective Practice, Josette LeBlanc walks us through the process of setting up a reflective practice community, Matthew Noble shares a story of his creative experiment in reflection, and our new blogger Aziz Soubai offers a few practical ways to be a reflective teacher.
What does “reflection” mean in life and teaching? How is it different from Reflective Practice? What are some ways for teachers to go about reflective practice? In the new issue of our blog, Chris Mares, Zhenya Polosatova, and our new blogger Stewart Gray will share their answers to these questions, and more.