Friday, August 19th, 2016
Reflection is associated with “looking back” and examining the past in order to learn from what happened and perhaps not repeat mistakes. However, it is also increasingly associated with reflecting on action and encourages an exploring of thoughts and feelings; looking for insights; and maximizing on self-awareness which all tie the process closely to identity formation.
By actively considering the thoughts and actions one becomes aware of the power of reflective thinking as a tool for continuous improvement, and one that has implications beyond the personal.
Reflecting on learning achievements can empower the learner to make intelligent decisions about how to move ahead with their learning needs. Working towards becoming a reflective practitioner enhances what a worker can bring to their job role, as well as the development of their future career plans.
For instance, just reading doesn’t make you clever. Reflection makes you clever. You can read every novel, every blog post, every textbook, and not gain a thing if you don’t take time to meditate on and consider the art you’re consuming.
We’re all so distracted, it’s easy to dash from one thing to another without pausing to consider what it means. Make time to pause and reflect–reflection is an important part of the learning process.
Summing-up: Shift your mind from consumption to reflection. So, yes, read. Read whatever sparks your imagination. Read voraciously and with abandon. But take the time to reflect as well.