We all have different journeys and if we are not careful, we can be biased by these journeys without being aware of it. How we teach is greatly influenced by our personal stories.
Keeping our reflective gauges on allow us to monitor our own personal journeys and to learn from these journeys as we progress through our teaching career. No matter what point we are at in our teaching careers, we have a lot to learn from our own journeys. The most effective teachers use these life experiences as a springboard to deepen their own instructional practice which more often than not enhances the learning of their students. How has your personal journey shaped who you are as an educator? How has your teaching shifted as a result of your personal journey? Thanks to http://lostinsampa.wordpress.com/tag/single-speed-fixa/ this great photo. Happy new year!