Being a Reflective Practitioner
Why do I need to be a reflective practitioner?
1. Reflect on experiences
2. Challenge my actions
3. Provide a safe environment for self-development
4. Adapt to changes within education system i.e use of technology
It is natural to constantly be thinking about what we are doing and our experiences. The difference between unintentional ‘thinking’ and ‘reflective practice’ is that reflective practice involves a conscious effort to think about events, and develop insights into them (Skills You Need, 2011). Reflective practice “can be described as a learning tool, something that is going to help you to synthesise, explain, make sense of and ultimately develop meaning from, your experiences” (The Open University, 2016).
There is no right or wrong way to correctly be a reflective practitioner, this blog is one example of reflective practice; others include video/voice journals, images and other forms of writing. Being a reflective practitioner is not restricted to those in the education field; regardless of who you are or what your reason is to become a reflective practitioner it will enable us to challenge ourselves, which will ultimately provide opportunities to improve our methods of practise.
Skills You Need. (2011). Reflective Practise. Retrieved from: http://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/reflective-practice.html
The Open University. (2016). Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner. Retrieved from: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/education/learning-teach-becoming-reflective-practitioner/content-section-0