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**2011 e-Learners Class Blog**
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PLANNING FOR ICT
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What is Reflective Practice?
Reflection can be defined as a process of focussed and structured thinking that is conscious and active, rather than the free flowing of thoughts while general thinking. To make sense of what we see, learn, hear and experience we need to be able to
'reflect in' and 'reflect on' practice
(Schon 1983, 1987 cited in Netwon, 2004).
Reflective practice involves documenting and supports gathering
as a process. It can be completed by teachers alongside
and takes one of many forms that may include a handwritten journal, art diary, online blog, discussion forum, wiki or use of Web2 tools like Slideshare, Voicethread etc.
What are the benefits?
helps us learn from our mistakes as learning experiences
sparks new or more ideas
helps us help others
What does Reflective Practice Involve?
The total process has four main components:
What did I achieve?
What did I actually do during the process?
What did I learn? What skills have I now developed?
How can I use this learning to make a difference?
There are no set rules for capturing
or keeping a reflective practice journal. The medium you use, how often you write, how much time you spend and how rigorously you maintain an on-going journalling schedule are matters that relate to individual learning styles, values, personal choice and circumstance. The follow general guidelines may help you to establish reflective practice journalling as a regular and enduring habit:
Gather the necessary writing materials ahead of time.
Provide yourself with the proper writing environment.
Find a place and space away from distractions.
Allow yourself regular writing times
. Focus on developing a habit of completing reflective practice at the same time, every day or week.
Prompt yourself using reflective questions as stems.
Keep a list handy.
Write because you want to write NOT because you have to.
If you've had a 'tough day' or missed a few entries accept this as part of life. Know that your reflective journal will be there when you are ready and willing.
Create a positive feedback loop.
You will find that as you learn more about yourself, reflective practice gains momentum. You may like to share insights and small successes with other like-minded people.
Emphasise process rather than product.
An important purpose of documenting reflective practice is to express and record your thoughts and feelings. Concentrate deliberately on the process of writing.
Learn from your own experiences.
After a few weeks or months of keeping a reflective practice journal, go back and re-read your early entries. Look for patterns and correlations and use the objectivity of time to review your life from a different perspective.
Reflective practice journalling is its own reward. Once you get started your journal may just become that great friend - a silent partner who is always available and has the time to listen attentively.
Journaling And Reflective Practice
How might I begin?
There are a number of ways to keep a reflective practice journal so choose one that really suits you.
Purchase a small pad and keep a 'one-word journal'. While this may seem to some like 'taking the easy way out' it is a method that certainly requires alot of reflective thought. Do be specific about the vocabulary you choose and remember to elaborate on
of the word.
Use a notebook and start a ONE sentence journal.
"I like keeping a one-sentence journal because it's a manageable task, so it doesn't make me feel burdened; it gives me a feeling of accomplishment and progress - the
atmosphere of growth
; it helps keep memories vivid which boosts my happiness; and it gives me a reason to pause thinking lovingly about what I actually do"
- Gretchen Rubin. If you plan to work smarter, not harder then one-liners will certainly do the trick!
Write reflectively on coloured stickee notes and place them in the daily or weekly planner that you currently using for classroom practice.
Get creative and start an art journal.
Using web 2.0 tools like Slideshare or
Voicethread (A day in a Sentence example)
Developing A Blog As A Tool For Reflective Practice
Blogging as a Learning Journal -
Ten Creativity Kick Starts
What might I include in my Reflective Journal?
are excellent for moments when blank white pages stifle the writing process:
What I saw (or heard) today has inspired me to....
I can’t stop thinking about...
One thing I will remember in 25 year's time is...
I know I need to do ........so....
A great idea I now have is .....
Today I’m feeling .... and I think it’s because....
Fifty Reflective Sentence Starters.pdf
Prompts or entries that you could include:
a selection of
or graphic organisers
points or suggestions that you found especially interesting during your conversation/s with others
or wonderings that you have
words of wisdom
that prompt reflective writing
notes from Meetings, readings or other materials as a result of a conference or course
thoughts that instinctively come to mind
photos, images or pictures that appeal
key words cut from phamplets or magazines
memorabillia ie: newsletter clippings, letters, cards, any snippets of information
If you're the creative type, you may want to put together an
and have on hand
stickee notes - a variety of shapes and sizes
coloured paper, homemade papers and a selection of coloured pens and pencils
inexpensive scrapbooking materials
What's quality got to do with this?
It is worth thinking about the quality of
as being on a continuum from superficial writing that is largely descriptive to much deeper writing in which questioning is apparent and more complex. Neither is necessarily right or wrong – they are just different. Reflective writing is often ‘pitched’ according to the purpose for which the task is being done. The challenge for many of us is to ‘go beyond’ rewriting our daily planner and descriptive writing to profound reflection.
that prompt critical insights or deeper thinking:
How might the nature of the task, issue or event influence the manner in which I have completed reflective writing today?
In what way might I have tackled an issue, task or event differently?
Is there another point of view that I could explore?
Are there alternative interpretations to consider?
Does this issue relate to other contexts that may also be helpful?
If I ‘step back’ from this issue, task or event, does it look different?
How have my feelings about the issue, task or event changed over time ?
Are there any ethical, moral, wider or social issues that I want to explore further
How might a Reflective Journal Rubric help me?
While it is not advisable to use a rubric as a means of grading your reflective practice, you may find it helpful as a guide for developing deeper thought.
What is Reflective Practice.pdf
Cycle of Reflection - Part 1 You Tube video
Cycle of Reflection - Part 2 You Tube video
BES: Unpacking Best Evidence Synthesis
- Discussion questions for classroom reflective practice (PDF)
Action Research Network
- Online action research tool
Evidenced Based Teaching
- Geoff Petty: Self-assessment, feedback, active learning
Reflection in Teacher Education
- Hatton & Smith: Defining reflective practice
Reflection and Reflective Practice
- James Atherton
Leading learning with ICT: A self evaluation tool
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