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Reflective Practice: A Commitment to Continuous Improvement

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“Without critical reflection, teaching will remain at best uninformed, and at worst ineffective, prejudiced and constraining.”

 - Yvonne Hillier, 2002

What is Reflective Practice?

A habit, structure or routine around examining experience.

A cycle of learning that occurs when we take the time to “stop, think and change.”

A process of questioning our routine, convenient, everyday practices and challenging our deeper, social and cultural thoughts, feelings and reactions – our “taken-for-granted assumptions.”

A systematic process that examines a situation for the purpose of planning, implementing and evaluating change.

A way of being, an attitude of mind, a way of understanding ourselves as developing professionals, and a commitment to continuous improvement and deepening knowledge.

At Columbus Early Learning Centers, out teachers know that reflective practice is the key to delivering the very best early learning experiences for our children.

By engaging in reflective practice, we are more likely to:

see an increase in our own knowledge and skill development;

be open to different ways to think about and understand children, teachers and the learning process;

be more flexible and adaptable in our approaches;

share ideas and decision-making with colleagues;

choose effective solutions;

strengthen our capacity as a team;

improve outcomes for children and families.

Opportunities to engage in reflection:

An aspect of classroom practice that isn’t working well;

An aspect of classroom practice that has exceeded expectations;

An aspect of classroom practice that we want to improve or learn more about;

Consideration of different perspectives or cultures, underlying beliefs, attitudes or values.

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