In setting out to choose a reflective model I quickly found that there are a few well reviewed and used reflective models. I have outlined two of the commonly used models below.
The model I have chosen to use to start my reflective practice is Borton What, So what, and Now what?. I chose this model as I am comfortable with the straightforward nature of the three questions. The What setting the scene and allowing me to be clear as to what I wish to follow on with So what? and then leading to the developmental phase of Now what?
- Action plan
I aim to work towards using Gibbs’ reflective cycle as I gain in confidence with and develop my reflective practice.
The method I am going to use is a Reflective Journal. Keeping a reflective journal and using a reflective model will help me to
- focus my thoughts and develop my ideas
- help me gain confidence
- experiment with ideas and ask questions
- organise my thinking
- develop my thinking skills
- reflect upon and make sense of experiences
- express your feelings and emotional responses
- become aware of your actions and strategies
Another method I have looked at is Peer groups and Co-operative Inquiry.
A group of peers who meet on a regular basis to learn and reflect together can be a powerful supporting element of individual reflective practice. The group, which decides together how to use and organize its time, may discuss work-related issues, share learning journal excerpts or try out a form of collective reflective practice.
I was interested to read about this method of reflecting. We at Learning Pembrokeshire have a (closed) Facebook Group that we use for communication. Perhaps we can start to use this as a forum for co-operative inquiry.