We hope you enjoyed the short break, and took the opportunity to recharge and maybe reflect on the activities you’ve completed over the last few weeks.
We all know what a reflection is when we look in a mirror, but you have you ever held a mirror up to your professional practice (whatever your role) to see what it tells you?
This week we’ll look at why we engage in professional reflection, the benefits of reflecting on our professional practice, some tips to get started, and some tools that can help.
Watch the short video below about the concept of reflecting on and evaluating your own professional practice, then take a look at the activities under ‘Try’, where we encourage you to look back at your learning activities over the last few week, and forward to how you will learn from and use those experiences in the future. Finally, share your thoughts and comments with us under ‘Share’.
Before you launch into this week’s readings and activities, take a few minutes to listen carefully to the lyrics of Man in the Mirror. Are you ready to make a change?
Write a short reflection on a recent event (maybe some professional development, a book you read, something that happened at work, or one of the activities you completed from Things 1-7). Describe the impact it had on you, and how it made you feel. Explain how that experience will affect your future decisions or actions. You could do this in your own blog or in the comments, or create your own location. (30 minutes)
Watch the six minute video below, and review your reflection using the four colour coding method mentioned at the five minute mark. Can you identify all four sections in your writing: Description, Interpretation, Evaluation and Plan? (15 minutes)
Academic Skills, The University of Melbourne. (2017, June 01). Reflective Writing [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SntBj0FIApw&feature=youtu.be
Campbell, L. (2017, December 20). CMALT Reflection and Thanks [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://lornamcampbell.org/university-of-edinburgh/cmalt-reflection-and-thanks/
Campbell, L. (n.d.). Core Area 4: Communication and working with others. Retrieved from http://lornamcampbell.org/cmalt/core-area-4-communication-and-working-with-others/
Greenhalgh, T. (2019). Twitter Women’s Tips on Academic Writing: A Female Response to Gioia’s Rules of the Game. Journal of management Inquiry, 1-4. Retrieved from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1056492619861796
MainSqueezeMusic. (2017, February 15). The Main Squeeze – “Man In The Mirror” (Michael Jackson) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko5roiJR8EY&feature=youtu.be
RMIT University. (n.d.). Writing an academic reflection. Retrieved from https://emedia.rmit.edu.au/learninglab/content/writing-academic-reflection-0
SkillsTeamHullUni. (2014, March 3). Reflective Writing [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watchtime_continue=12&v=QoI67VeE3ds
Stepper, J. (2016, March 02). The 5 Elements of Working Out Loud (Revisited) [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://workingoutloud.com/blog/the-5-elements-of-working-out-loud-revisited
Vora, T. (2017, November 20). Working Out Loud: Relationships and Legacy [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://qaspire.com/2017/11/20/working-out-loud-relationships-and-legacy/
Thing 8 was written by Sue Tucker