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Level Five: So What?

Your Mission

Determine how you will
engage in reflective practice.

Let's begin with some reading below about the process of reflective practice and viewing the videos to provide the next step in learning how valuable reflections are in your e-portfolios.

Then consolidate your learning by visiting the Quests and completing them this week.

Remember to visit the Ning Network forums to join in the discussions there.

So what do you do with your e-portfolio now?

Now that you've begun to establish your e-portfolio and upload assets/artefacts ready for sharing, you'll be thinking about 'who' you wish to share this with. If you have created your e-portfolio in the cloud, you will have chosen to make it available to the world and you will be thinking about how to let people know that its ready for viewing. If you've created your e-portfolio in an e-portfolio system now you'll have the opportunity to share some or all of it.

The question of who to share with depends greatly on your intended purpose and audience - things you will have decided upon in earlier missions. At this point we'd like you to think through how you're e-portfolio will be viewed, and what you want others to read about your reflections on your learning.

At this level you will be focused on the power of reflective practice. Let's unpack all of this by looking at some of these associated questions for this mission.

What is reflective practice?

In everyday speech, reflection is akin to a mirror image, but reflective practice is more than recall or mirroring. It brings a particular focus to our experience - and we are at the centre of that picture. Only you can understand and unravel the meaning of an experience in the context of your own learning and professional understanding.

Although it is up to you to make sense of your experience, others can help and further your understanding. The ability to give and receive feedback is an important skill and most reflective activities benefit from connecting with others to gain different perspectives on your own understanding.

To understand more about the theory of reflection and how it supports learning, please go to this site and read the section 'Why reflect?'. This is one of Helen Barrett's sites: you might find it useful to bookmark this and talk about its impact on you with an action partner.

How does reflective practice impact on your e-portfolio?

When we engage in reflective practice we are committed to improving our practice by closing the gap between the theory of what we do and the actions we take. The claims made for reflective practice are that the process can help improve the quality of our performance and can deepen our understanding, which in turn leads to personal and professional growth. Reflection is not simply mindfulness, though that is important, it is about taking action.

A taxonomy of Reflection?

Peter Pappas has this to say at his Copy Paste Blog:


In an effort to help schools become more reflective learning environments, I've developed this "Taxonomy of Reflection." - modeled on Bloom's approach.  It's posted in four installments:

1.  A Taxonomy of  Reflection 
2. The Reflective Student
3. The Reflective Teacher 
4. The Reflective Principal 

See my Prezi tour of the Taxonomy

View this Prezi online.

What steps are involved in the process of reflecting?

Reflective practice is a learned skill, not necessarily something that we can do intuitively, we need guidance. One of the recommended models of reflection has been shaped by William Gibbs and provides six steps involved in reflective practice:
  1. Description
    Describe as a matter of fact just what happened during your critical incident or chosen episode for reflection.
  2. Feelings
    What were you thinking and feeling at the time?
  3. Evaluation
    List points or tell the story about what was GOOD and what was BAD about the experience.
  4. Analysis
    What sense can you make out of the situation. What does it mean?
  5. Conclusion
    What else could you have done. What should you perhaps not have done.
  6. Action Plan
    If it arose again, what would you do differently. How will you adapt your practice in the light of this new understanding?

Read more about Gibbs Model, one of the few models which take emotions into account.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what do you see when you reflect?

View this video live at You Tube.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what do others see from my reflections?

View this video live on You Tube.

The Purpose of Reflective Practice

View this slideshare:

How do you plan to reflect on your learning?

At this point in the construction of your e-portfolios you will need to think more deeply about the way in which you will reflect as well as how you wish to display that reflective practice in your e-portfolio.

The process of reflective practice provides an audience for your e-portfolio - yourself or someone else - and guides you in the type of voice, depth of reflection and the actions you intend to take after the reflection.

Reflection is the critical element of the So What? mission.

Plan ahead now to include reflections, following any of the selected models shared here, both within your e-portfolio and in your blog.
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Coach Carole,
Jun 27, 2011, 9:25 PM