The Soap Bubbles of Self Reflection

With one single blow through a bubble stick, hundreds of bubbles are created…Education is a progressing career, through the recent implimentation of technology, education has begun to shift its traditional teaching space to a future forward learning environment. Children are learning through new; visuals, apps, and games, provided on smartphones, tablet ,and laptops. But how did education get here? How did teachers spark a change?

Just like a single blow in to a bubble stick creating hundreds of bubbles, teachers have created an educational community, to discuss ideas, and new teaching approches. Provided through self reflection, and/or the reflection on other educators thoughts. Media apps like, Twitter, blogs, and facebook have allowed teachers to begin to share their, wild thoughts, past experiences ,and new understandings that they have come to terms with. What is reflection in the form of media? “…a reflective journal involves learners in self-assessment, collaborative critique, self-reflection and goal settings,Using interactive journal writing as a strategy for professional growth”, (Meloney & Campbell Evans, 2002).

Twitter,blogs, and facebook, allow a new age reflective journal for teachers to access in order to discover new forward thinking teaching methods. A teacher who posts, tweets, or blogs, out a reflective thought, not only begins to self-anaylise their own thoughts on education, but those who read then read it, will either elaborate on the idea, can support or suggest new ideas to the writter, and/ or spark a new idea of their own, in which they can then share. The idea of reflective practice forms a cycle which benifits both the indivdual as well as the community.

Self-reflection through the use of media can also not only benefit the progession of teaching practices, but also the way current and future teachers teach, to be constantly improving. Watch this short video below to find out more…

Geller highlights that self-reflection is of the upmost importance, in order for an educator to better themselves, he proposes the idea of video self-reflection in order to self-analyse, (Geller 2014). However agreeing with this statement of video anaysis, my blog emphasises the idea of journalist self-evaluation through media. This reflection benefits not only the self, but the community of teachers through a growth of thoughts. Teachers individually tweaking and trying new teaching methods, share their thoughts and experiences to firstly, self-learn to become better in their profession, as well as allowing others to learn from their written experience.

So how can you begin to become apart of the indivdual and communal self reflection? Maybe by starting a blog, or a Facebook or Twitter account? Start writing down your thoughts and ideas, whether they are new, or reflective of someone elses initial idea. Blow through the bubble stick and see hundreds of bubbles come to life!

References:

Maloney, C., & Campbell-Evans, G. (2002). Using interactive journal writing as a strategy for professional growth. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 30(1), 39–50.

Geller, A. (2014, September 05). How self-reflection improves Teacher Effectiveness. Retrieved August 25, 2016, from youtube.com, http://iframewidth="560" height=”315" src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/FT2bEZhx8C8" frameborder=”0" allowfullscreen></iframe