Is reflection really a good thing? I guess that depends on your state of mind, character, and status at the time of the reflecting, doesn’t it? I have read some Twitter feeds that are reflective, and felt that it was a shame the ‘Twit’ was obviously under the influence of a libation and probably not in a good place.
In other words the only way to reflect seriously is to do it regularly. Easier said than done I hear you cry. You are right, but as my old foreman used to say, “If it was easy, Charlie, everyone would be doing it.” I believe it is worth the effort, particularly when something goes well, it’s extremely motivating. That’s why I want to reflect upon Friday 3rd July. Six weeks ago four students transported on to the Starship Charlie.
For many reasons they were behind on their course (I mean really behind) So my HOD and I worked out a plan of intense training, lots of TLC and food bribery. It’s amazing how much more work you can get out of kids when they aren’t hungry.
Five weeks later and with a week to the end of term three students had completed and just like the song, there was one green bottle left. Friday the 3rd July arrived at the last chance saloon; one student and one exam that had eluded him five times already. A two hour revision lesson was planned, half of which was carried out in the car. (you didn’t expect him to turn up did you?) Actually, revision for a Principles of Building exam works very well in roadwork’s on the A32, you are surrounded by houses, gable ends, fascia and soffits, bargeboards, eaves and verges. Maybe next year I’ll take the whole class for a walk around the estate. So, cometh’ the hour and cometh’ the man. Off he toddled, confident, nervous? Yes, but also trained, tracked, assessed and knowing that we cared. In fact I think the whole college was behind him. Oh! the infamy of your sixth attempt.
When he returned I had the result ready. The recognition and smile as he read the word ‘Distinction’ will possibly keep me motivated for the rest of my career, not to mention the scream that emitted from his Auntie’s car when she picked him up. So yes, reflection does work because when I sit down and analyse the past six weeks I think there will be some pretty good stuff come out of it. Never give up.