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Nick Faber

Nick Faber
Nick Faber strives to improve his teaching skills by collaborating with others at his school. Through a process called “reflective practice,” Nick demonstrates how teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from their experience. When asked why he felt that reflection was so important, he stressed that “unless you’re someone that can look back, adapt, and be flexible, you’re not going to make it with these students.”

Nick feels that it is important to consider:
  • What worked, what did not, and why
  • How to change and improve what did not work
  • Professional reflectivity is important during times that may evoke an emotional response from a teacher, such as the instance of a student repeatedly disrupting a class. By displacing feelings of frustration, anxiousness, and confusion on the student with new perspectives on why the event occurred and alternatives for responding differently, the teacher can respond positively. It is through reflection that the practitioner will utilize a repertoire of understanding, images, and actions to reframe a troubling situation so that problem-solving actions are generated.