Description of an experience
What happened? Or in the case of your blog, what did you read, see or listen to? What was the point?
The idea is that you are “recalling and detailing the salient moments of the event” (Ullmann et al, 2012, pp. 104). If you’re reflecting on something you’ve read, you might give a brief summary of its main point(s). You would specify what it was.
The reflection should include your thoughts and feelings. It shouldn’t just be a summary of what you read or experienced. It should connect that experience with your existing knowledge, thoughts and feelings. It’s appropriate to say you didn’t understand, you disagreed etc. Feel free to write it in the first person.
Description of what happened and your experience is not enough. You have to question your assumptions, values, beliefs and biases. You have to question the assumptions, values, beliefs and biases of what you’ve experienced, read, seen or listened to.You might analyse, argue, evaluate, synthesise and test these assumptions etc. with other ideas and experiences. Look for inconsistencies, disagreement, commonality, reasons and justification. Think about how you can link and integrate ideas.
Take perspectives into account
How you look at an experience or idea is important. Look to understand the perspective embedded in the experience, idea or yourself. Look for alternatives. Talk with others, see what they are thinking. Different ways of looking at a problem can reveal new ideas.
There needs to be an outcome of your reflection. In this course, it might be a summary of what you learned, ideas for future action, or an evaluation of how this effects your development as a teacher and user of ICTs for pedagogy.
Not every blog post needs to be reflectiveIt’s not necessary that all of your blog posts should be reflective. i.e. don’t kill yourself trying to include all of the five elements in each blog post. It’s okay to sometimes to just share your frustration or misunderstanding, or to share a breakthrough moment.
One model adopted by some students is to write a blog post or two as they are working through the learning path and then aim to have one or two reflective posts toward the end of each week.
Week one is upon us!
What I did do tonight:
Piaget’s Schema activity and setting up my social media accounts
Here is my response:
The questions that parents face as they raise children from infancy to adult are not easy to an individual. Both father and mother can become concerned when health problems such as colds arise anytime after the early stage to later life. Experts recommend that young children should have plenty of sunshine and nutritious food for healthy growth. Boys and girls should not share the same beds or even be in the same room. They may be afraid of the dark.
Here is my partner Rhiannon’s response:
The questions that people face as they raise chickens from incubation to adult are not easy to an individual. Both female and male can become concerned when health problems such as chicks arise anytime after the egg stage to later life. Experts recommend that young chicks should have plenty of sunshine and nutritious food for healthy growth. Boys and girls should not share the same bunks or even be in the same roost. They may be afraid of the dark.
I found it really funny that we didn’t get even close to the same response, I asked her while I was doing mine what she thought but because she’s not in education she just left me to do my thing and thought her answers were silly. Rhi was really surprised to find that she was more on track than I was!
I have thought about it as the activity asks and I think the reason for our different responses is that she has owned chickens and lived in more rural places that allowed her to interact with animals more-so than young children
On the other hand I had been working all day at the Educational Supplies shop and organizing babysitting jobs so I think I had children on the mind!
I plan to write an additional blog posts for the other activities as I intend to try and keep this posts short and sweet.