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Reflective Practice & Reflective Writing

Barriers to Reflecting

A number of factors can interfere with the reflective process or stop us reflecting altogether. For example

Lack of:

  • knowledge and understanding of the process
  • time
  • 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)
  • confidence

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.

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