A while back I wrote a post about learning from my learners. Yesterday, I was lucky to have a colleague assisting in the classroom, and I found it very interesting to learn from her.
I had a student struggling with a particular aspect of their course (English skills). Having spent some time with him already, I was finding it difficult to explain it any other way, so I asked my colleague to help. After a little thought, she explained the subject completely differently to the way I had been doing it. She was extremely patient with the learner, getting him to think about the subject in a way that was more meaningful to him, rather than looking at it in an abstract manner.
It made me reflect on how I had approached the subject, and gave me ideas on how I could do it differently next time.
My final thoughts? That teaching is not easy - it takes a considerable amount of effort, creativity and skill - and that we, as teachers, must never be complacent about our work, but rather that we should take every opportunity to expand our own thinking and share good practice.