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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Are You a Reflective Teacher?  11 I need time to go to workshops and get new ideas for activities and strategies for classroom management to study my observations with coworkers so we can learn what’s on the children’s minds and plan around that What I really need for my professional development is a clear explanation of how all these standards and requirements are going to make my job easier an opportunity to talk with others and think through the complexities of the teaching and learning process I wish I had someone at my side to help me when things aren’t going well to be a helpful mentor, but only if she is a good listener and respects what I’m trying to do I need help figuring out what to do with the difficult kids in my room remembering that every child is competent and finding and respecting each child’s point of view I really feel grateful when people understand how hard my job is when people understand the bigger vision and importance of my work Adapted from The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching, second edition, by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter, © 2013. Published by Redleaf Press, COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL