First published in NAPP My Portfolio 17 February 2015. Published in WordPress June 29 2016
It is all very well being told to reflect upon actions taken – but what do I think about? And what do I keep as a record of my reflection?
The pattern suggested by Peter Pappas in The Reflective Principal appeals to me.
All to often I find reflection struggles to get past Peters bottom line – what did I do? His path through “What was important?” “Where could I use this again?” “Did I see any patterns in what I did?” “How well did I do?” to “What should I do next?”
I don’t see this as a requirement to use all six questions each time and climb up the taxonomy – rather as a tool to make sure over time I cover a range of aspects related to my leadership actions.
In my role in NAPP I think I have tended to simply say make a journal and record reflections related to your inquiry – on looking back this seems to have given little guidance to akonga and is part of what did I do?. How well did I do?
With few suggestions about what to do akonga have managed despite this lack to produce in many instances some very successful reflections and over views of their inquiry. However I suspect for many akonga there were doubts about what do do and in many cases the journal only appeared as a shared thing late in the year. This in turn reduced its value as a tool seeking feedback. What was important? Did I see any patterns?
There is no doubt that journals/blogs are invaluable and link well to successful metacognitive processes so we are again in 2015 asking akonga to share their journals with their learning partner and PLG – however with better support than in earlier years. Use again
Late in 2014 I bumped into Peter Pappas on the internet and thought this helps me sharpen my focus as I reflect and record some of those reflections. Perhaps this will be useful for support of reflective processes in NAPP?