Reflective Practice 1

What is available?

Learning activities

Activities with teacher’s notes and resources, designed to be ready to use
For example:

‘I am like’ activity – download
A simple exercise where you think about one item which you feel represents what you are like as a teacher (for example an animal – are you like an owl, a tiger, a mouse, an aardvark?) and discuss the results with other teachers.
A variation on the same theme uses an object as the idea (are you like a Rolls Royce, a palace, a market, a diamond)

Downloadable content – activities and resources as pdf / word files etc

For you to download and use either as they are or with your own contextualisation
For example:

– Jennifer Moon Resources for Reflective Learning – download
This is an excellent section of 50 pages from Moon, J (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning, Routledge Falmer, London. The author adds ‘You are welcome to use this material freely, but it would be good if you referenced it.…. There is more detail on the exercises in the book, but some are self evident.’

Web pages

Some content is self contained on the pages of this website, and you can work from the page for a series of ideas or activities
For example:

Fotobabble

An online tool with a good deal of potential for a number of things, which describes itself as follows:
‘Fotobabble lets you create talking photos in two clicks. Simply upload a photo and then record your voice directly through your computer to create a talking photo. You can easily share it by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or embed it into a blog or website. It’s free and all completely web-based. No software to download, just register and get started in seconds.’
Having just one photo is a bit of a limitation, but the fotobable below was completed in about 5 minutes including signing up for the service.
You can upload photos as a stimulus for reflection, then ask for reflections in a number of ways .. the activity does not have to take place in a classroom. Fotobable is avaiable at http://www.fotobabble.com/

Links

Hyperlinks to online content, websites, downloads etc, some of which will be part of an activity and others which you will be able to use as you wish.
For example:

Mind Mapping

One of a number of ways of representing your thoughts or ideas or plans (or anything else) visually. Tony Buzan is the best known user, and recognised as the creator of mind mapping. A supporting set of information on how they can work is at: http://www.thinkbuzan.com/uk/articles/mindmappingworks

A BBC news story about how Mind Mapping can help dyslexics at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/1926739.stm

A more sceptical story from Education Guardian at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2006/apr/18/schools.uk

Education related examples of mind maps to give you some ideas from one of the many sites selling software at
http://www.novamind.com/gallery/index.php?category_id=2


Lists

A large reflective practice reading list which will be added to by users of this site.
Amazon ‘listmania’ online lists relevant to this topic
For example:

Amazon listmania list on Reflective Practice (i.e. a list of recommended books with reviews)
click here

Two further documents

The ‘What, where, when and how checklist’ for using the resources – download as a pdf file as a rtf file
The ‘Gold dust resource review’. (both LSIS 2009) – download as a pdf file / as a rtf file (

These documents were originally designed for the revised ‘Gold Dust’ resources, but are just as relevant to these, so we have included them as downloads

They aim to:
1. provide a simple series of questions to help you reflect on how they could best be included in your own teaching, or that of your team – this will help you make direct use of the resources with minimum additional preparation or adaptation
2. enable you to reflect on how the use of the resources worked out in practice through a series of review questions.

These additional documents encourage you to adopt the approaches you are promoting with your trainees or colleagues by encouraging them to look at their own professional practice in a new light.