Self-awareness as a facilitator – from the peer facilitator’s mouth

One of my new leaders in the postgraduate subject wrote these reflections this week in his session report:

 

Is there something you’d do differently or improve on next fortnight?

I think I made a lot of use of the whiteboard and I would like to reduce the frequency of doing that. I am going to make use of butcher’s paper for class discussions and presentations.

Students lead in U:PASS for a wide variety of reasons … what’s something you feel you’ve gained in one (or more) of these areas over the last fortnight? Why?

In the last fortnight, I find myself increasingly becoming increasingly self-aware of the way I run the class and the kind of feedback I am getting. It naturally helps me to improve on the session. For instance, if I find that I am talking a lot I will tend to direct questions and get people to explain. It is like I am my own critic which is great for a productive learning environment. Being self-aware has allowed me to become more of a facilitator.

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About Georgina Barratt-See

Georgina manages the UTS U:PASS (UTS Peer Assisted Study Success) program, which assists students in 50 first and second year subjects with study sessions run by trained student facilitators. Georgina has 14 years experience in the Higher Education sector with interests in student leadership, mentoring, first year experience, teaching and learning.

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