For my critical review of 3 learning tools I will be using Brookfield’s’ 4 critical lenses model of reflection (as an optician it would be criminal of me to use any other model of reflection). The reason why I have chosen this model (other than a love for lenses), is that I am currently in a position of being both teacher and student, and have been amazed how this has changed my perspective on how I view many aspects of my work. Brookfield concluded that our experiences as learners shape our motivations as teachers (1995, P.32). The model includes a student lens, so arguably the most important part of the process – the receiver of the information – is given a voice. Brookfield considers this equally as important.
‘whether or not good teaching is happening is the extent to which teachers deliberately and systematically try to get inside students’ heads and see classrooms and learning from their point of view’ (Brookfield, 2005, p.35)
It also allows the ability to apply theoretical knowledge, as well as the opportunity to gauge the opinion of our peers. This can help us to gain a wider picture of our perceived successes or failings, rather than simply a personal account.
Brookfield, S. (1995) Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher. San Francisco: Jossey Bass