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What kind of teacher am I What are my beliefs about teaching and learning How should I communicate goals to my learners What learning methods and techniques should I employ How can I deal with discipline problems in my classroom In discussing such intricate questions teachers often point out that many conventional approaches and sources rarely help them find answers and give them practical hints for dealing with their problems We are going to investigate how by looking objectively and exploring classroom processes we may set ourselves against them Much of what happens in teaching is unknown to the teacher Certainly a well-informed teacher has an extensive knowledge base about teaching As it is a complex and multidimensional process the awareness of its different components and dimensions helps the teacher make decisions and cope with what is happening in the classroom Essential data and information the teacher acquires while studying may often result in appropriate judgements and generating effective solutions to some problems However no-one can really foresee what may happen during a particular lesson and as a consequence no-one can teach you how to handle many moment-to-moment decisions that arise The teachers received knowledge theory and research findings related to the profession is a crucial component of the teachers education but not the only one What the teacher also needs is experience in teaching Still the two elements are insufficient as a basis for development Only by continuous and extensive reflection do teachers have a real chance to broaden their knowledge and their professional competence Through reflecting on our own action examining our attitudes beliefs assumptions and teaching practices and using the obtained information in the future the underlying practical theory may be revealed and developed The application of the circle of action and reflection makes an important contribution to the professional development of individual teachers Professional teachers are not prepared to accept blindly the problems they face from day to day but instead
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