Think about the symbol on this slide. I wonder if anyone might like to suggest what this symbol means to them.?
How is your own professional learning journey going? Have you discovered any new insights into yourself so far? Share some examples of your reflections with others
Discussion Threads – another form of reflective learningThis is the place to be the “analytical worker” outlined in your reading. Us it to post up events that happen in your centre that you would like to share with us and to reflect upon as a group. An insight you gained or that “aha” moment when something in your perception shifted for you.
As readers and writers on this thread, how is it going for you so far? Have you been able to contribute some new thoughts to share with us? If you have not yet put something on the discussion forum other than your introduction – what is it that is preventing you? Can we help? What do you think of this way of learning? What are some of the benefits – any drawbacks? As future early childhood leaders, teachers, adult educators etc why is it important to be able to be a critically reflective professional? What is your role in all of this?
Cross to openhouseopenlearning wiki after this
Reflective Practice<br />In our community of practice<br />
Something to start us thinking!<br />IQ is a reliable indicator of learning ability<br />Reflectiveness is a critical element in learning<br />Teaching adults is the same as teaching children<br />Learning on-the-job is the best way of learning<br />
The context of this topic within the industry.<br />Key words:<br />·Reflect<br />·improve upon<br />·professional<br />we need to:<br />·think about what we do<br />·reflect on how we could do it better<br />·locate what we do, and the standard to which we do it, within a professional framework.<br />
“Reflective teachers never stop asking themselves what the nature of teaching really is.”<br />Max van Manen 1994, “ Pedagogy, virtue and narrative identity in teaching” cited in P.Willis,1998 Inviting Learning<br />
Why is the process of reflection, evaluation and continuing professional development important? <br />
Because skilled workers are more productive workers, we could assume that this will result in:<br /><ul><li>higher retention rates
higher profit or use of funds.</li></li></ul><li>Why keep professional journals?<br />
SELF-EVALUATION<br />Self-evaluation is both a concept, and a set of strategies or tools. It refers to our understanding of ourselves – how we ‘manage’ ourselves and the growing need to manage change. <br />
What do I do well? What could I do better?<br /> <br />The conceptual approach to managing self or ‘self-evaluation’ stresses that the most effective workers and managers know themselves. They know:<br />Their strengths<br />Weaknesses<br />What they stand for – their values<br />When to say yes and when to say no<br />What they want to achieve.<br />
Small Group Discussion<br />Ask yourselves How do I:<br />work better under pressure?<br />meet core functions within deadlines?<br />maintain enthusiasm for my job?<br />Maintain my health?<br />Manage my time?<br />
Our own professional journey<br />Personal wikis: A place to practise becoming critically reflective learners.<br />
Discussion Threads: A place to practise being critically reflective workers<br /><ul><li>This is the place to be the “analytical worker”. Use it to post up events that happen in your centre that you would like to share with us and to reflect upon as a group. An insight you gained or that “aha” moment when something in your perception shifted for you.
I will also post up questions which you will use as starters fro discussion. </li></li></ul><li>Reflecting on Discussion threads<br />
Reflective Learning: Bridging<br />§ Reflection can help to bridge the gap between theory and practice<br />http://webcampus.drexelmed.edu/CommunityExperience/<br />
Reflective Learning: Incorporating<br />I’ve started to incorporate reflective practice into my work…<br />I’m now much more aware of what’s working and whether things need to be changed.<br />
Reflective Learning: Sustaining<br />§ Reflection can help deal with ambiguity, stress and change<br />http://www.sussex.ac.uk/elearning/splash.php<br />
Reflective Learning: Empowering<br />A person with strong critical thinking skills can be described as self-directed,<br />self-monitored<br />and self-disciplined.<br />http://www.yourdictionary.com/dictionary-articles/define-critical-thinking.html<br />
Reflective Learning: Analysing<br />You know when you’ve done something wrong but before I would have been looking for how to put it right straight away – I’d have gone for the quick fix…<br />Now I look at why it went wrong, I analyse it more.<br />http://www.yourdictionary.com/dictionary-articles/define-critical-thinking.html<br />
Reflective Learning: Applying<br />What is one idea/activity you will <br />put into practice <br />after this session?<br />http://reflectivelearners.blogspot.com/ <br />