Tools for critical reflection Martin Locock June 2011 mlocock
<ul><li>  Objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand how we use our time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand  critical ...
<ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise 1: time allocation </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>How much of your time is spe...
Type A Living in the present Hurry sickness? Type B Planning/doing Type C Plan/Do/Reflect
Reviewing your time use <ul><li>How much time spent  doing  is wasted? </li></ul><ul><li>How much time spent  planning  is...
Reflection <ul><li>Should you spend more time reflecting? </li></ul><ul><li>Why can’t you spend enough time on it now? </l...
Reasons not to reflect <ul><li>Feels selfish? </li></ul><ul><li>Unproductive? </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t find time? </li></ul...
Critical thinking and critical reflection Critical thinking “ active interpretation and evaluation of observations”  aware...
  http://www.learningandteaching.info/learning/critical1.htm
Critical thinking and reflection Self awareness - the internal narrative Becoming self-aware in real time Critical reflect...
<ul><li>Building a routine </li></ul><ul><li>Needs to work for you </li></ul><ul><li>Time, place, environment, materials <...
<ul><li>Building a routine </li></ul><ul><li>Needs to work for you </li></ul><ul><li>Time, place, environment, materials <...
The Museum of Lost Ideas Photo: Jon Hanson
Keeping a notebook <ul><li>A working tool not a work of art </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest </li></ul><ul><li>Be reflective an...
<ul><li>An effective diary </li></ul><ul><li>Day 1: three things I’m grateful for </li></ul><ul><li>Day 2: a great memory ...
Critical friends What is a critical friend? Someone who will assist your personal development over the medium term Provide...
<ul><li>Exercise 2: free writing :    A current problem </li></ul><ul><li>Free writing is a technique that allows you to f...
<ul><li>Critical reflection toolbox </li></ul><ul><li>Routine </li></ul><ul><li>Notebook </li></ul><ul><li>Diary </li></ul...
<ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Self-awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul>
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Tools for critical reflection

  1. 1. Tools for critical reflection Martin Locock June 2011 mlocock
  2. 2. <ul><li>  Objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand how we use our time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand critical thinking and critical reflection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply a range of techniques to enhance reflection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise 1: time allocation </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>How much of your time is spent: </li></ul><ul><li>preparing for activity </li></ul><ul><li>doing activity </li></ul><ul><li>reviewing activity </li></ul><ul><li>Compare with partner </li></ul>
  4. 4. Type A Living in the present Hurry sickness? Type B Planning/doing Type C Plan/Do/Reflect
  5. 5. Reviewing your time use <ul><li>How much time spent doing is wasted? </li></ul><ul><li>How much time spent planning is wasted? </li></ul><ul><li>How much time spent reflecting is wasted? </li></ul><ul><li>Covey: sharpening the saw </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reflection <ul><li>Should you spend more time reflecting? </li></ul><ul><li>Why can’t you spend enough time on it now? </li></ul><ul><li>> Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory </li></ul>Photo: Sham Shaikh
  7. 7. Reasons not to reflect <ul><li>Feels selfish? </li></ul><ul><li>Unproductive? </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t find time? </li></ul><ul><li>Risky? </li></ul><ul><li>Whose permission do you need to change your time use? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Critical thinking and critical reflection Critical thinking “ active interpretation and evaluation of observations” awareness of one’s own thoughts and behaviour [‘meta awareness’] Present focus Critical reflection purposeful thought about experience to understand and learn for the future Past / future focus
  9. 9.   http://www.learningandteaching.info/learning/critical1.htm
  10. 10. Critical thinking and reflection Self awareness - the internal narrative Becoming self-aware in real time Critical reflection - what did I learn? what did I do well? what should I do next?
  11. 11. <ul><li>Building a routine </li></ul><ul><li>Needs to work for you </li></ul><ul><li>Time, place, environment, materials </li></ul><ul><li>Regular / default behaviour - new habit </li></ul><ul><li>Make a commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Value success </li></ul>Stefan Sagmeister
  12. 12. <ul><li>Building a routine </li></ul><ul><li>Needs to work for you </li></ul><ul><li>Time, place, environment, materials </li></ul><ul><li>Regular / default behaviour - new habit </li></ul><ul><li>Make a commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Value success </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Museum of Lost Ideas Photo: Jon Hanson
  14. 14. Keeping a notebook <ul><li>A working tool not a work of art </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest </li></ul><ul><li>Be reflective and analytical </li></ul><ul><li>Date your entries and review them </li></ul><ul><li>Can be questions </li></ul><ul><li>Can be action points </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>An effective diary </li></ul><ul><li>Day 1: three things I’m grateful for </li></ul><ul><li>Day 2: a great memory </li></ul><ul><li>Day 3: a future plan </li></ul><ul><li>Day 4: letter to someone </li></ul><ul><li>Day 5: review where you are </li></ul><ul><li>From Richard Wiseman </li></ul><ul><li>59 Seconds </li></ul>Stefan Sagmeister
  16. 16. Critical friends What is a critical friend? Someone who will assist your personal development over the medium term Provides: t rust, support, honesty, time = friend And: challenge, measure progress = critical Not: information, advice, negative comments Who makes a good critical friend? Not your boss Not your best friend Who?
  17. 17. <ul><li>Exercise 2: free writing :   A current problem </li></ul><ul><li>Free writing is a technique that allows you to follow a line of thought without self-editing and will often end by exposing an insight of which you were not consciously aware. </li></ul><ul><li>Select an issue (a current problem you are facing) </li></ul><ul><li>Start writing what you think or feel about it </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t worry about structure, spelling or layout </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the pen moving across the page </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t go back to correct or erase </li></ul><ul><li>Defined time </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback? </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Critical reflection toolbox </li></ul><ul><li>Routine </li></ul><ul><li>Notebook </li></ul><ul><li>Diary </li></ul><ul><li>Critical friend </li></ul><ul><li>Free writing </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Self-awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul>
  20. 20. words2thoughts.blogspot.com/ [email_address]

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