Anne gave me a very thorough review of the session and I have some goals to work towards now however the majority of the feedback from both herself and my mentor was positive and actionable.
I am going to have some great days and I am going to have some rough days, such is life and I am not only privy to this - we all are. This notion is something that I need to be actively mindful of as I work with my learners to overcome similar problems and develop critical thinking skills.
This morning, our cohort was fortunate to have Pat Snedden, the executive chair of the Manaiakalani Education Trust - this was the first time meeting Pat and while he spoke to us for 30 minutes, I could have listened to him for the remainder of the day. The way in which he communicated was very engaging and some of his points really hit home with me.
We all are humble by nature and to have words thrown out about our cohort like having "grit", "determination", "courage and "resilience" was very humbling - he reminded me why I was in this programme and challenged me to bring my background into my practice to generate aspiration in my learners. This has challenged me to think about my current identity in my team and how I can aspire to be the best teacher I can be. The final aspect that hit a note with me was the notion of "servant leadership" - this fits in with my pedagogy as it begins with the natural feeling that one has serve first, then making the conscious choice to aspire to lead. Again, this is very timely as our cohort become active members of our community by engaging with our learners and their families.