Reflective Writing


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Reflective writing process for students.

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  • The character on the bike covered in grass has me laughing with joy and tears down my eyes. I've just been bundling hay into several guinea-pig hutches - two new born yesterday. The last three appeared on 5th July so were called 'E' 'C' and 'A' - these two I don't know yet.

    An irrelevance. I am enjoying the show and far, far, far prefer this to text. There is an emotional and memorable appeal here that is lacking in pages of constructed and de-constructed academic writing.
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Reflective Writing

  1. 1. Reflective Writing Looking forward looking back
  2. 2. Janus the Roman God who gives his name to January. He looks forward to the new year and reflects on the past.
  3. 3. <ul>Writing reflectively </ul><ul>Writing reflectively comes after a period of thinking reflectively about an event. The event may be an experience you have had or something you have witnessed. The event may be a piece of study which you have just undertaken. </ul>
  4. 4. <ul>What is reflective thinking? </ul><ul>Reflective thinking is a process of analysis which involves deep consideration of the event which has occurred. If the reflection is deep it creates thoughts about future situations and what actions may be taken. Reflective thinking causes links to be made with other events and knowledge of past experiences. </ul>
  5. 5. Reflective thinking requires looking forward as well as back.
  6. 6. Reflective Thinking Something happened. What Happened? So what? What next? This diagram helps show the process of thinking.
  7. 7. If you are working in a group, some people should look in a different direction
  8. 8. Look at things from all angles.
  9. 9. Reflective writing <ul>Describe the event <li>Give your opinion, and the opinion of others; if you know it.
  10. 10. The event from your point of view, and the view of others; try to see it.
  11. 11. Analyse the successes and weaknesses.
  12. 12. Make connections with other things you know already.
  13. 13. Make proposals for future connections and actions. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Take some risks with your writing but take care with the details too.
  15. 15. Writing <ul>Reflective writing in education is often used as evidence for your learning. Therefore it is important to make sure it is well presented with a clear style, accurate spelling and grammar. Use the following process chart to help plan you writing. </ul>
  16. 16. Process Chart for Reflective Thinking
  17. 17. References Moon, J. (2001) ‘PDP working paper 4: reflection in higher education learning’ (online), The Higher Education Academy. Available from: (accessed 25 September 2010). Smith, C. and Haynes, R. (2005) ‘Reflective writing RLO’, London Metroplitan University. Available from: (accessed 2 nd October 2010). Images