One thing in my opinion that makes blog posts effective is when they can make the readers think, shake and doubt about their own belief, and start doing what is proposed in the blogs immediately. That is what I experienced when I read Michael Martin’s post: Becoming a more reflective individual practitioner. Martin has convinced me that with reflection, not only will I become a better teacher, but I will also be able to help my students to become better learners. Martin has given me very practical steps, something that I can call my own, something that belongs to me. Here are the steps that I quote from her blog:
1. Begin by becoming open to your experiences
2. Keep an eye out for the experiences that lead to the most powerful learning
3. Create the structure for reflection
4. Create the habits of reflection
5. Learn from the Masters
6. Just Do It
The first thing that we should do to become a more reflective practitioner is we have to be aware of our own experiences. Well, not all of our experiences should be reflected, but only the one that stands out, that lead to the most powerful learning. She suggested using blogs – something I started directly after I read her post and asked my students to do the same – because the nature of blogs provide some advantages. Then the next step would be, make it as a habit. You might be inspired, you might be moved, your light might be ignited, but then if you do not keep your light or your fire burn, then it will all be useless. Find your best time of your day to start thinking and reflecting and writing. Learning from others would be a very good thing to do to keep the fire of reflecting burning, and this is what I do, I join the Teacher Challenge, learn from the others and read from other sources as well.
And that’s what I will try to do my best, keep the fire burning and learn from others.