DEVELOP A REFLECTIVE PRACTICE
I talked about how to develop a reflective practice in Episode 29.
A reflective practice is simply the art of thinking about or reflecting on what you do. It’s the ability to reflect on your actions so that you can learn from them and continue to learn from them.
It helps us to be more self-aware, more creative and innovative. It gives us more of an understanding of where our strengths and weaknesses lie. It also helps us to learn from those experiences that don’t go according to plan and to reframe them as a learning opportunity.
So, in essence, having a reflective practice is about learning from everything we do. And having a reflective practice helps us to do that on a moment by moment basis.
With a reflective practice, as opposed to doing reflection (they are not the same thing), we record our reflections in a systematic way. There are many ways you can develop a reflective practice – for example with journaling, free or reflective writing, or talking and sharing regularly with others (in a community of practice)
For example, I ask all new participants on my VTMO course to start a new notebook and in most live classes I’ll ask questions for their ‘journals’. These can be questions about how their thinking has developed about Visible Thinking in the Museum over time (from the start of the course to the midpoint for example) to what they want to work on next. These journal entries are intended as a reference point that course participants can refer back to note their progress, spot any patterns and use to inspire new thinking too.
By adopting a reflective practice, you will develop a questioning approach to your work. You will stop and pause to think about why things are as they are, and how they might be in the future. You will consider the strengths and areas of development in your own practice, questioning why learning experiences might be this way and considering how to develop them.
If you want to do a deep dive on this subject then do go and listen to Episode 29 for much more info.