Synonyms: thought, thinking, consideration, contemplation, study, deliberation, pondering, meditation, musing, rumination, cogitation, brooding, agonizing, cerebration
Reflection is “…the throwing back of thoughts and memories, in cognitive acts such as thinking, contemplation, meditation and any other form of attentive consideration, in order to make sense of them, and to make contextually appropriate changes if they are required (Taylor 2000).”
“Reflection is different from simply recalling an event, or even discussing a day at work with a colleague. The benefits of reflective practice are many and varied. It can lead to an analysis of actions in such a way that it can become evident how things might have been done differently, or equally the recognition that things are done well and should be repeated (Hogston & Simpson, 1999).”
“A process of looking back on what has been done and pondering on it and learning lessons from what did or did not work…. The act of deliberation, when the practitioner consciously stops and thinks what shall I do now (Conway 1994)?”
This blog was set up as part of the 23 Things for Research project which aims to help researchers and academics find which social media tools might aid in their research and teaching. After finishing the course, I integrated the new blog with two previous blogs, one begun as I set out on my EdD journey at Auckland University, and another, Unfolding The Word, begun several years previously, when I was writing ESL Bible Studies for new immigrants to Seattle. The use of WordPress made this merging possible.
During my career I have taught a variety of subjects (first, second and foreign language English, foreign language French, beginner German, Japanese, Maori and Latin, Social Studies, Drama, and Life Skills) in a variety of schools, primarily in New Zealand, but also in French Polynesia, and the USA.
In addition, I have initiated, facilitated, led or participated in various contracts and projects: a New Zealand Ministry of Education Information and Communication Technologies professional development contract, a Ministry of Education eLearning for Languages (ELL) project, an Asian Language Learning in Schools (ALLIS) project, a WW1 Commemoration project in partnership with the Lycee Gay-Lussac, Chauny, France, and the Auckland Central Community of Schools project.
I thoroughly enjoy mentoring practising, pre-registered and pre-service teachers and serving on many school-wide professional development, curriculum and systems review and steering committees.
As a lifelong learner, I enjoy university-level study and research related to my practice. Learning, reflecting and writing are components of my core business, so blogging is a good fit for me.
I hope you enjoy reading my entries and that they they inspire you to reflect with me. As the great educator, John Dewey said, “We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.”