Keep a journal to write thoughts, notes, observations, etc.
Use a reflective model or create some prompt questions to help you with the process
Practice - write regulalrly
Barriers to Reflecting
A number of factors can interfere with the reflective process or stop us reflecting altogether. For example
knowledge and understanding of the process
motivation, personal or at institutional level (it may be perceived as a waste of time)
enthusiasm (we may be reluctant to examine our behaviour, emotions or reactions)
To overcome these barriers:
Do some background reading and choose a suitable model or framework to guide you through the process and help you get the most out of your reflection
Set aside some time for reflection – you could set a reminder on your phone. Also, try to find a quiet space, without distractions
It’s important to remember why you are reflecting. Have a goal, or number of goals that you want to achieve, this will help to keep you motivated, even if your organisation doesn’t actively encourage reflective practice
Your confidence will grow with practice but set achievable goals and try to begin with short sessions of reflections. Reach out for support, from teachers or mentors, but also from other reflective practitioners and seek feedback.