Reflective practice is about watching ourselves work. It's about acting, then reflecting on our actions and their results, modifying what we do and how we do it and then beginning the cycle again.
Positive Professional Development is built upon a strong foundation of reflective practice. Without reflective practice, we cannot know how to develop ourselves or what progress we are making.
In December, 2011, I did a presentation on reflective practice for educators in Australia. Below are the slides and a link to the archived webinar.
You can also build your reflective practice by exploring these posts:
- Acting, Reflecting and the Cycle of Learning
- On Being a Reflective Practioner
- Becoming a More Reflective Individual Practitioner
- Creating an Organizational Culture of Reflective Practice
- Action vs. Activity
Reflective Tools and Questions
Reflective practice includes a strong foundation of questioning. We ask ourselves key questions and observe in ourselves the questions that keep coming up for us. We also engage in activities that allow us to explore and test our questions. We contstruct experiments and then observe and record the results of those experiments.
Here are some posts to help you explore ways to incorporate reflective practice into your work life.
- 10 Questions for Your Reflective Practice
- Positive Professional Development Tool: The Question Log
- Reflective Diary Tool Flow Chart
- Debriefing Yourself
- If You Do Not Work on Important Problems, You Will Not Do Important Work
- Professional Development Practice: The One Sentence Journal
- Reflective Practice: Most Significant Change Stories
- Constructing Leadership Experiments
- 12 More Professional Development Questions
- Questions to Compose Your Working Identity
- Positive Practices and the Power of the Positive Question
- Cultivating Curiosity