My definition of reflection before studying this module focuses more on the person doing the reflection. I thought that it was more on knowing and improving yourself. I did not really realize that aside from helping yourself it could also create a big difference to others. According to Scales, reflection is the key to successful learning for teachers and for learners. Reflection enables teachers to evaluate their practice and identify the things that he/she needs to improve or change. Another reason for reflective practice is that it encourages teachers to understand their learners and their needs and abilities (Scales, 2008).
A reflective practice can be done by creating a journal or blog or you can create Professional Development Journal (PDJ), were you can record your experiences and feelings about the preparation and delivering of teaching and learning (Scales, 2008). The PDJ can help teachers be updated to their learning. It can also help teachers in keeping progress on their professional development.
This module also emphasizes the importance and advantages of critically reflective teacher. According to Brookfield, Critical reflection is crucial for teachers’ survival. Hence, it is important to incorporate reflection in their teaching practice to avoid demoralization and self-laceration. Based on experience, this is very common to new teachers. They tend to blame themselves if students are failing or if they receive low scores on students’ evaluation. They would automatically think that their teaching method is lacking and it could result to depression. That is why it is important that the teacher creates a reflective journal to avoid this negativity and just focus on the positive things.
After studying this module, it made me realize how important reflective practice to a teacher. It helps teacher to understand themselves more and create a strategy that could help in developing his/her career as an educator. It is also a big help to the learners because the teachers can create a better teaching method that could help in developing their learning. It is also important that the as educators we are open-minded and ready to embrace the changes not just for our students but most especially to ourselves.
Scales, P. (2008). The reflective teacher. Teaching in the learning sector, 7 – 26. Maidenhead, Berkshire: Open University Press.
Brookfield, S. D. (1995). What it means to be a critically reflective teacher (Chap. 1). Becoming a critically reflective teacher (pp. 1-27). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
Brookfield, S. D. (1995). Becoming critically reflective (Chap. 2). Becoming a critically reflective teacher (pp. 28-48). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers.