As an educator I make several instant and instinctive decisions during each and every workday. Where do these judgments come from? How to be more aware about the reasoning behind these decisions? Now, this is where the reflective practice steps in. I try and base them on my educational philosophy which you can read on this blog.
Reflecting not only increases the awareness about reasons behind certain decisions, but often also reveals other possible options. Recognizing these possible choices being available arises from the awareness of different practices. Yet, if participating or reading doesn’t transfer to the everyday work and life, one could rightfully ask whether it was time well spent. Reflecting extends the benefits of any professional development. The best and worst of reflective practice deals with emotions. This I must remember at this time of year. What has been your experience?