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The context

You're asked to take the part of a peer observing the session of a colleague, Kirsten, who is teaching ESOL to a group of mixed ability learners. Your task is to suggest ways that her teaching could be improved by developing her reflective practice.

You will need to give Kirsten feedback on her performance, with a view to improving her development of appropriate reflective practice.

Linking reflective practice opportunities to related theory will play an important part in fostering good practice for both you and your colleague.


Kirsten is 28 and completing a PGCE, so she isn't very experienced with ESOL learners, although she has done some work as a volunteer literacy teacher in the past. She is keen to improve her practice and is very meticulous in evaluating her work.

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Critical incidents:
"A useful tool for reflecting on teaching is the identification of 'critical incidents'. A critical incident may be an everyday event or interaction, but it is 'critical' in that it stands out for you. Perhaps it was problematic, confusing, a great success, a terrible failure, or captured the essence of what you are trying to achieve in teaching and learning..."
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