Willy Cardoso, in his post “A teacher and his bedrock” asked about having basic principles or beliefs that ground one’s teaching.
I hadn’t thought about this question.
There’s a quote that occured to me in this context but I’m not sure who said it (can’t find it on Google, must be getting it wrong!):
“Once I had 7 principles and no children. Now I have 7 children and no principles”.
I’ve taught a large number of students over the years and my response adhered to that quote – I probably don’t have any! I’m willing to use anything that works for a certain pupil! In my comments to Willy’s post I gave an example of one of the most exreme teaching situations I’ve experienced with a pupil.
Willy has been patiently exploring that with me and has ignited a fascinating chain of thought! Perhaps principles aren’t what I thought they were…
I urge you to follow the link above, read his post and see where YOU stand. Perhaps his comments will lead you to a different kind of reflection process, as they have done for me!