Critical Incident Reflection

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A critical incident is an unexpected event which urges an individual to stop, reflect and re-examine his beliefs. As a consequence, that individual establishes new understandings and changes his perspective (Farrell, 2008). My critical incident caused me to critically analyze myself and take a reflective stance on my approach to teaching and learning. Furthermore, this incident was the driving force behind my growth as an educator and an individual.

During my second week at the SBE placement I was asked to conduct a class. I had less than ten minutes for preparation before the class started. I quickly went through the content to be covered and tried to write a lesson plan. I was struggling to devise a proper lesson plan as at that instant, I could not envision the teaching scenario which was to happen shortly. I was still pondering upon which teaching strategy would be more suitable when covering the different parts of the lesson when the bell rang indicating that I had to start the class. Because of the limited preparation time, I was consumed with uncertainty and anxiety. I started the lesson by introducing the topic and delved further while using the expository teaching strategy. Throughout the lesson, I relied heavily on the textbook. After a while, I used the questioning technique when I noticed the students staring blankly at me. I briefly recapitulated what was recently covered and asked questions to elicit participation. But the students were reluctant to get

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