Why do I need to become a reflective practitioner?

Before answering, it is important to know HOW and WHAT is Reflection, what it look like? and why is it important?

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Reflection is looking back on the the processes involved when completed a task, whereby one’s perspective might change if needed to complete the task again (asking yourself, ‘’has your perspective been changed? and how? and what was the impact?) .

‘’Reflection involves looking back on previous work’’

{How & What is ‘’Reflection’’}

Your reaction/response — Reflect through ‘’Reflective writing’’

Self-awareness, constant critical analyses (asking yourself why? how? what if?), synthesis (questioning the significance of something, if so, what was it? did it change my ideas? and asking yourself ‘’did it give meany new insight?’’ In questioning ‘’Why do I need to be a reflective practitioner?’’. In teaching, being able to reflect on a topic allows areas of improvement, not just for yourself but others.

The steps in Reflective writing (Needs!)

To be a reflective practitioner you must be 100% H O N E S T (Honest!) speak about both your strengths and weaknesses , how your assumptions where challenged, how your held ideas, feeling and actions have changed (or stayed the same there’s nothing to hide) looking at different questions and be open to change.

Language to use in Reflective writing

In being a reflective practitioner the language used in writing your reflective writing must show character. Engage with your audience, use affective language ( your emotional experiences /the emotions your felt!), use first person (make it personal) ,cognitive thinking (eg; for me…, this may mean…, i think…) , your behaviour (your response/s to the situation, how did you react? (I reacted by…) and how did I response? (I responded through/by…)
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Benefits of reflection

In teaching, reflection allows not only yourself to learn from your actions in areas that need any improvements but also allows others whom may also be struggling to gain new wisdom. Reflection allows you to document the process of tasks.

As teachers, how are suppose to share our ‘’reflection’’ with others? (through what medium?)

‘’Reflection is like regenerating information ‘’
Teachers are able to share dialogue between each other on their individual journey through, reflective journals, reading response journals, double entry journals, interactive journals, dialogue journals, narrative journals, practicum journals, self-assessments, portfolios, group dialogue & yarning , mentoring, and electronic dialogue journals and blogs.
It is important that teachers become reflective practitioners in order to help those studying to become teachers through providing vital information on teaching strategies.

With so many ways in sharing reflective sources, it’s like the possibilities are endless!!

Reference list:

Parsons, R. & Brown, K. (2002). Teacher as reflective practitioner and action researcher. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Thompson, S. & Thompson, N. (2008). The critically reflective practitioner. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.

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