As part of our job role it is important to carry out reflective practice especially because we work with children/young people and our effectiveness will have an impact on them and their learning. Reflective practice means thinking about and evaluating what you do and discussing any changes which could be made. This means focusing on how we interact with colleagues, service users and the environment. It means thinking about how we could have done something differently, what we did well, what we could have done better. How we can improve what you have done. It also means reflecting our own values, beliefs and experiences which shape our thoughts and ideas. This will allow us to obtain a clearer picture of your own behaviour and a better understanding of our strengths and weaknesses- so that we can learn from our own mistakes and take appropriate future actions.
Improving the quality of our performance:
* Allows us an objective look at our practice in order to improve * Helps us to recognise what we do well so that we can apply these skills in other situations * Improves professional judgment
* Helps us to learn from successes and mistakes to enhance development * Helps us to plan for future situations and therefore respond more positively to change * Enables us to apply the skill of reflection to the personal development cycle
Reflective practice allows us to support the children better and better- if we have concerns about how the session went we can look back and work out what more we could have done. We may have used one resource and found it useful and then choose it again with another child. It helps to have something to aim for, it helps with job satisfaction.