Reflection: Making Theory (More) Practical

In May and June I facilitated two sessions about Reflective Practice. The first one was about appreciating reflection (approaching it with the ‘right’ attitudes and open mind), and the second session focused on the practical part where the participants ‘tried on’ one specific reflective practice model. As you may notice, the ‘input’ or ‘theory’ part is missing in the previous two sessions, so I’d like to add more and fill this gap in. 

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Last week, on 15 July, I was invited by the amazing TEFL Development HUB team, Teresa Bestwick and Simon Pearlman, to facilitate one more interactive session on Reflection. This time we called it ‘Reflective Skills: Making Theory (More) Practical’, focused on several models for reflections and thought how they can be used in practice. 

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I’d like to share my slides for the session, and the recording will be soon available in the TEFL Hub Facebook Group. If you have not already joined the group, I highly recommend doing so, as there is a variety of very useful professional development activities that can suit any taste or experience level. Also, follow the Hub on Twitter: @tefl_hub. Finally, you may enjoy reading a recent post on this blog co-written with Teresa where we talk about EFl Teacher Training, writing, and many more exciting things. 

This post is an invitation to continue the conversation about reflective practice in teaching and beyond. Sharing some questions (from the session and beyond):

Questions to Discuss (further)

  1. How do you reflect on your experience and practice?
  2. What reflection models or frameworks do you use for reflection?
  3. What are some of your favorite reflection tools, activities, formats, ways of recording?
  4. What other questions about reflection in teaching and training do you have?
  5. What other topics for online webinars/meet-ups about reflective practice would you like to attend or host?**

This slide (below) is a summary of what I wanted to highlight in the session: having a structure, or model for reflection on our experience is key, and there can be a whole variety of formats, tools, interactions and processes to make such individual learning meaningful and creative. 

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Some more reflection thoughts:

This post closes down my mini-webinar series, and I am not planning any new ones for the time being. I think I need to reflect on my ‘webinarring skills’ and explore more formats to try out. It was interesting to see how three different formats worked out: the first session was a ‘webinar’ through Zoom with a very active chat conversation, the second one was a more interactive event with a chance for the attendees to talk and share the ideas in practice. The third session was the newest format to me, as it as a ‘live’ broadcast on Facebook, with not so many people attending at the moment of the session but with hopefully more teachers catching up in a more ‘asynchronous’ format. 

**I am thinking of a couple more sessions about Reflection. One can be about the benefits Reflective Practice Groups (sharing my own experience) and ideally, I’d like this one to be co-hosted/facilitated with the other members of the online group we all take part in. I am adding this comment in the hope they read this post, and we start planning something cool soon. No promises, only intentions shared. 

Another topic I would like to explore more is about specific reflective practice activities teachers can offer their students, or so in pairs/trios/small groups as their professional development exercise. 

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I think there can be an additional session for each of the three that I have already shared, as there is much more to think/talk about. I think you will read more posts about that in the future. 

Thank you for reading!

About Zhenya

ELT: teacher educator, trainer coach, reflective practice addict https://wednesdayseminars.wordpress.com/.
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