Educator and author Jackie Gerstein believes passionately in the value of reflection, as she shares in her blog Where is reflection in the learning process?
" . . . As a counselor and teacher educator, I have held tightly onto the belief that good counselors and educators need to be engaged in ongoing reflective practice."
The critically reflective habit confers a deeper benefit than that of procedural utility. It grounds not only our actions, but also our sense of who we are as teachers in an examined reality. We know why we believe what we believe. A critically reflective teacher is much better placed to communicate to colleagues and students (as well as to herself) the rationale behind her practice. She works from a position of informed commitment. She knows why she does and thinks, what she does and thinks. —Stephen Brookfield (Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1995)
Ongoing reflective practice is also recognized as vital by members of the NCLE community. Read stories of reflective practice and what it means to educators in these Literacy in Learning Exchange resources:
- Reflection starts with questions for Anne DiPardo—learn how she frames these and how they enrich her practice in Sharing Studio Space.
Reflective structures can support change in a variety of ways. This article offers snapshots of how descriptive analysis of children's work served as a valuable reflection tool for three different groups of New York City educators.
The Plan/Act/Reflect Cycle can be a valuable tool to help groups reflect and make changes in their practice.
Educator Susan Lytle muses on the nature of teachers as inquirers when they closely examine their own practices for the purpose of "getting better."
Read the story of how, during the summer of 2013, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) piloted the NCLE Asset Inventory for Collaborative Teams with twenty-six teams across four Maryland school districts, to provide a reflective tool and process to improve their collaborative design work.
- Are you part of a collaborative team of educators who share reflections and questions of practice together? Why not create a group space on the Exchange to support your learning?