After an interesting conversation this morning, I was inspired to write about a simple tool I have recently been using and recommending for reflection. During the conversation, I laughed as I spoke of my wish that I had understood the value of reflecting while training as a teacher. I, like most, was required to reflect daily on the calibre and quality of learning being planned and delivered. Those reflections were on a subject-by-subject, lesson-by-lesson basis, using a strict template of prompt questions that focused on behaviour, classroom management, resources, and preparedness. Only now, over ten years later and having developed a strong understanding of who I am as a reflective practitioner, have I finally had the opportunity to take stock and share the value of reflecting on practice to inform practice.
And so, I thought I would take the opportunity to share a simple method of reflection and analysis that may help to extend and deepen thinking following professional learning and development or even some reflection after teaching.