In 2016-2020, Reflective Practice Group in Dnipro (Ukraine) had regular monthly meetings and even three professional conferences (Teacher Sharing Days, as we called them). Covid-19 paused our face-to-face meetings, and the war with Russia in 2022 brought even more changes to our lives (many group members are abroad at the moment). I am keeping this page open in case someone is looking for resources to start something similar. And/or for us to refer to when we come back to learning and teaching. After Ukraine’s victory in this war.
In simple words, Reflective Practice Group are monthly meetings where teachers have tea or coffee and talk about their students, teaching, questions, ideas, challenges and solutions, etc.
Such meetings happen once a month, on a Saturday or Sunday, and take about 2 hours. They are not ‘input’ sessions where you get new activities and ideas, but these are ‘thinking’ and ‘discussion’ sessions where the main learning is co-constructed with peers and colleagues.
These meetings are free, but we sometimes ask you to bring snacks or fruits (depending on the location for the specific session)
If you are thinking to join us, please read about reflection and the format we use: ELC or the Art of Experiential Learning (here).
Hard to decide? Feel free to read about our Discussion Topics in the posts on this blog:
My friend and colleague Josette LeBlanc, former coordinator of the group in Daegu, South Korea wrote about Forming and Sustaining such a group in her post on iTDI.
Article by Thomas C. Farrell, TESL-EJ 19.4, February 2016 Practicing What We Preach: Teacher Reflection Groups on Cooperative Learning
Anna Loseva on Reflective Practice and Conferencing: Podcast with What Tim Feels by and with Tim Hapmson (the part about Reflective Practice Groups starts about 7’50” and ends at 17’31”)
About Reflective Practice
- Thomas C. Farrell’s website: http://www.reflectiveinquiry.ca/
- Wilma Luth’s blog: http://teachandreflect.com/
About Facilitating a Reflective Group
- Facilitator-less Meetings
- How to plan and run a reflective meeting
- Defining a Reflective Practice Group
About the Experiential Learning Cycle as a Reflection Tool
On this blog:
- ELC Qs and As: pros and cons (here)
- ELC Qs and As (here)
- Is Reflection Boring? (here)
- Feelings and Reflective Practice (here)
On other resources: