This is my first post on this new blog. I have been researching and reading so much about the need for reflection. I have always known the importance of reflection for my students and for my own learning, but until recently I had not concerned blogging for reflection. Thanks to my introduction to the book, “Innovator’s Mindset” by George Couros I began thinking about the possibilities of becoming a blogger. I am embarrassed to admit it took me more than a year to jump in and give this a try.
I believe one reason why taking time for reflection seems to challenge learners is… we don’t see an immediate reward for this action. So many of us are guilty of wanting that immediate feedback or concrete evidence of success. Reflection is so much more ambiguous. As Art Costa and Bena Kallick share in, Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind, “To be reflective means to mentally wander through where we have been and to try to make some sense out of it.”
I have reflected on my learning for many years by taking notes, organizing notes into organizers, and doodling, but never shared these publicly.
Why sharing your reflection matters?
External sharing of reflections is important because this kind of reflection multiplies the learning for each individual. (Costa and Kallick). Kallick and Costa go on to say “…reflecting on work enhances its meaning. Reflecting on experiences encourages insight and complex learning. We foster our own growth when we control our learning, so some reflection is best done alone. Reflection is also enhanced, however, when we ponder our learning with others.”
As we know, growth and improvement require the ability to be self-reflective. This is one simple reason to share your reflection through blogging.
Other reasons to share your reflection; to simply better educational practices. We all care deeply about all learning, right? If so, then we need to share what works and what doesn’t work to help educators across the country improve their craft.
So, let’s start sharing!