The Johari Window is a tool for helping you to think about yourself and your teaching. It is a simple tool for understanding and training self-awareness, personal development, interpersonal relationships and group relationships. It was developed by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in the 1950s and was named Johari after their first names.
To understand better the teacher and person you are and the way others see you
Through the Johari Window there are four ways of viewing yourself and your actions. The open self is the one everyone sees, you and other people; for example: you like to use film clips in your classes. The blind self is what others see but you yourself don’t see; for example: you talk too much in the classroom. The secret self is the opposite, what you know about yourself but others don’t; for example: you find one of your students really hard to understand when he speaks English. The hidden self is the part of you which no-one knows about, neither you or others until it surfaces. “I didn’t know you had it in you. Neither did I!”
- Think about your own teaching or other area of your life. Write an example in each of the four boxes. In the right hand boxes write something which you was once unknown to you, but came to light.
- Reflecting on the secret self: what would happen if you revealed the secret. What would the pros and cons be?
- Reflecting on the blind self: Who helped you to see and how? Would you like to know more about your blind self?
- Reflecting on the hidden self: How did you find it? What was the situation, what were the circumstances, who was involved?
Your responses to the questions in steps above will help you to reflect and understand how you have changed and can change more as at teacher, as a person.
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