As I was watching the first part I wrote down the following questions:
- Is my reflection accurate or distorted?
- Is my reflection honest?
- In my journal entries am I thinking from different perspectives or just from my own viewpoint?
Henry Dixon then goes on to talk about how to write refectively (at 3.09) by breaking the process down into three parts:
- Description - what was the event?
- Interpretation - what is the crux of the matter? Does it fit/ not fit into theory or with prior experiences?
- Outcome - what have I learned? how can I use this in my future practice?
Perhaps the most interesting section of the clip though, for me, was the example Henry Dixon gives about a personal experience, in a Spanish class, where he makes a mistake and receives a reaction from the teacher (4.29). By using the breakdown above he analyses the event in the form of reflective writing, clearly showing how he learned from the event.
It immediately linked in my head to something that I had previously read in Twyla Tharp's book The Creative Habit (2006), "Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation I cannot see it, retain it, and use it." (p.10)
This, in turn, lead me to think about my reflective practices and how it is not only my actions/ reactions that I should be reflecting on but anything and everything that occurs during my day. Something I might see as seemingly insignificant or unrelated may turn out, through analysis and reflection, to produce an idea or realisation that I will be able to use to further enhance my professional practice.
I know that when I write in my journal tonight it will be with this idea in mind...