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KOTESOL

National Conference 2020

Samantha Levinson

Mokpo English Library

Pre-Recorded • Reflective Practice • LIVE

Samantha Levinson

Mokpo English Library

Talk / Improving Collaboration and Self-Reflection in the Private Sector: A How-To

The Critical Incident Protocol was developed through Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and introduced the concept of personal and shared teacher reflection. Reflective practice includes identifying a problem and identifying why it happened but often stops there. The meaning of the episode and how it affects our practice is often overlooked. The idea of educators as learners makes many students uncomfortable, but why? Shouldn’t educators be encouraged to engage in reflective practice? Couldn’t all teachers benefit from receiving coaching from other professionals in the field? Of course they would, but that requires educators and administrators to reevaluate preconceived notions of what it means to be an educator. If our expertise is viewed as a living, growing, dynamic force, then everyone can benefit from a set of “outside ears”. Navigating elementary English education best practices in the private sector in Korea requires collaboration and reflection. Questions such as how to best read and apply benchmark literacy results for ELLs, teaching students with one particular strength or an imbalance in their four learning groups, teaching speaking before phonics, or simply how to create a productive co teaching environment may arise. However, teaching ELL in the private sector is often an insular endeavor. This presentation is focused on utilizing tools and techniques to make collaboration more readily available and acceptable in the private sector of Korean ELL education.


About Samantha

Samantha Levinson (M.Ed) received a certificate in reading and writing education in 2019. She was a presenter at the 2019 KOTESOL international and national conferences and has taught a multitude of English courses at such intuitions as Mokpo National University and Mokpo English Library. She has been running a private English study room for elementary students to adults for the past five years. She has an article publication in the upcoming December 2019 Korea TESOL 15-1 Journal. Her academic interests include ELL literacy and vocabulary learning strategies. Email: srlevinson@gmail.com