Suggested format for a reflective journal
This is one of many possibilities, but it will give you some idea of the types of questions that you can usefully ask yourself. Feel free to modify this format to suit your needs. Write a page (or two) for each session, completed by you in order of the sessions. Complete this information after each time you do some work on the course. This includes
the formal sessions, the related reading and any other preparation, such as work in groups. Answer only the questions that apply - but think carefully about whether each question applies or not. A Reflective journal/diary is not like an essay! In your notebook you reflect on the academic content of the INQUIRE course/workshop in relation to your professional practice. It can be written in an essay-type prose, with an introduction and conclusion, or it can be a mixture of continuous prose, notes, bullet points etc. The contents should (www.llas.ac.uk/resources/gpg/2395): relate the content of a workshop and related reading to your own teaching and
support any statements you make with evidence and examples from your reading
and from your practice
refer to insights gained into your practice consider the intention to try out new ideas and methods identify the need for further exploration of issues identify longer-term development
What would an unsatisfactory entry be like?
A description only of content from a workshop and reading Little reference to the workshop and related reading Generalisations unsupported by evidence or examples of how an insight or opinion
came about A satisfactory diary entry would:
Review (what happened in the course or something you tried form the course in
Reflect (make sense of what happened) Digest (absorb the implications of the learning event and link it...
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