“Learning from ones experience involves not just reflection, but critical reflection”. (p.117)
OBJECTIVE: WHAT HAVE I LEARNED?
I learned what critical reflection was from a definition of how it is an expansion from critical thinking. Critical reflection is being able to challenge and question what our set thoughts and belief systems are based around. It asks us to go into our past, look at our present and speculate about the future and act on it. What caught my attention was how quickly we are to make judgment or speculate on only what we think and believe and how it takes time, practice and maturity to access our critical reflection skills.
REFLECTIVE: WHAT DID I REALISE?
I realise critical reflection is somewhat difficult for me, depending on the topic. I know that critical reflection relates to past present and future learning experiences. It’s all integrated with the lifelong learning process but it’s a difficult mindset to get into unless I have some guidance to initiate the process, especially when it comes to teaching. I have fixed ideas on what teaching and learning is from my past and I know I need to change it. I know that critical reflection will help me move past the strict conformity of what I believe.
I feel like a slow learner but our journals are a part of the critical reflection process, which was my AHA!! With our selected quotes we have an objective, the “WHAT”, the reflective being the “SO WHAT”, and decisional being “NOW WHAT”. In respect to teaching, is this not how we plan our lessons with our adult learners in mind? Allowing their life experience to influence and interact with the process of learning but also broadening perspective on already set opinions and beliefs. KEY INSIGHT? This quote represents a depth of insight almost unconscious to us until we have to challenge what we believe.
DECISIONAL: INFLUENCE MY NOTION OF TEACHING?
My educational experience has always made me feel luke warm about the learning process. This left me uninspired to learn. Now as an adult I see a different aspect from teachers which makes me want to not only learn but teach. Not sure when this shift took place but at some point my beliefs system changed and I see teaching and learning in a new light. This insight from my past experience and how it’s changed makes a difference on how I interact with my students. It’s not me against them; it’s me being there for them.