P30: Reflection as a process skill

Author: Laura Trout, Lancaster Country Day School, USA

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Date: 8/3/14

Time: 2:25 PM2:45 PM

Room: MAK BLL 126

Related Symposium: S5

One characteristic of a professional is their ability to be reflective. Looking critically at one’s own work allows the professional to adjust and grow. However, many teachers do not take the time or make the effort to be reflective. Why is that? I will discuss three types of professional reflection and give specific examples from my 20 years of teaching. These will include reflecting on my own professional practice as a classroom teacher, reflecting on how I might help others become better teachers and be more involved in their profession, and reflecting on how I might help others become more reflective themselves in their professional practice. Engaging in reflection is not possible without a professional network. Helpful suggestions for colleagues seeking such networks will be presented.