Reflection is an Important Part of Professional Development

23 Feb

https://i0.wp.com/www.unl.edu/gsa/images/career/leadlearn.jpgWithout question, one of the most important things I do is reflect be it teaching, living or in triathlon training. It took me years to figure this out, but reflection during and after lessons, sessions, presentations, etc. is crucial if I want to continue to grow as a professional. It is something. Everything I do is under constant scrutiny because I want to be better. Reflection can challenge me to change which can be a challenge. Nobody really likes change.

The next step after reflection is making changes where they are needed. Just thinking about what you have done does not mean anything if you do not take action. If something is broke, fix it. If something is not working, do something completely new. Education is a constantly changing creature and our lessons need to evolve with the rest of education to ensure that we are doing what is best for our students. Reflection and change are crucial parts in the process of providing the best education for the students in front of us.

We are all busy. I’m tired of hearing it. We have friends, families, lives, etc. That doesn’t mean we shirk our responsibility to become better at our jobs. Reflection and change is how we can be better. This year I want to take some time this year and reflect on my profession and see where I can make some meaningful changes for me and for the students I teach.

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One Response to “Reflection is an Important Part of Professional Development”

  1. David Bradford March 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    You are absolutely right regards the importance of reflection. However I do believe that it is just the first step in making any indepth sustainable change.

    To reflect in isolation is to use the lens that created some of the assumption and beliefs that created the behaviours/ habits in the first place.

    I believe that reflective dialogue with a trusted colleague who can ‘scale’ away and question those beliefs and assumptions, in a respectfully challenging way, will help.

    Ultimately it is you who makes the change, as a result of your sensemaking of your reflection, your articulation of this to a critical friend (this act alone is powerful) combined with a reflective dialogue, its from here that next steps can be actioned.

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