Search

Reflective writing for deeper learning

Reflecting is a way of learning. As students move into senior school and then college, they will find opportunities to think about their thinking and analyze it to make meaning as well as understand their own self better. Moreover, before we start to understand the behavior of others it is important to first understand oneself.  Past events have the power to help us plan better for future. Reflective thinking is just that. A chance to perform better in future with purpose and grit. To consolidate this experience, it is important to write about it and that is where reflective thinking becomes actionable in reflective writing.  Reflective writing helps you to think deeper about your own self and what you can do to become even better.

Reflective writing therefore is:

  1. Documenting your response to the experience, opinion, new information, learning or event.
  2. Communicating with your inner self to recognize and name your feelings and emotions.
  3. Exploring your thinking.
  4. Improving your writing skill.

Graham Gibbs suggests a simple but effective structure to support reflective writing. One can write in paragraphs or in tabular form. Which ever style of writing works for you. But do remember it is about building a skill and only practice can help one get better at it.

When reflecting on an experience

Description:

What are you going to reflect on? It could be on a specific experience or more general, on the day as a whole.

Feelings:

What did you feel like when you went through that experience? How do you feel about it now? What were you thinking then? What do you think now?

Evaluation:

What was good and bad about that experience?

Analysis:

What was really happening? Was it something to do with you? Your values? Your behavior?

Conclusion (General):

What have you learnt from this?

Conclusion (Specific):

What have you specifically learnt about yourself? What else could you have done?

Personal action plan:

What are you going to do differently next time? What would you continue to do? What would you improve upon? How will you use this new understanding in future?

When reflecting on your learning

Description:

What is the concept, topic, chapter that you have read or learnt and are reflecting on?

Feelings:

How do you feel after this new learning? Why do you feel what you feel?

Evaluation:

Did the strategy you used for learning work for you? Why or why not? What did you do differently this time? Do you intend to use the same strategy for learning the next time? Will you be changing anything in your strategy that could possibly enhance learning? Did you give yourself enough undivided time to complete your learning target?

Analysis:

What are the aspects that you found challenging? What aspects do you feel you know well? How do they connect to your previous learning? What could you have done better?

Conclusion:

What have you specifically learnt about yourself? Who will you be reaching out to in case you need help with what you have tried to learn? Are there any other resources that you could get that would support your learning?

Personal action plan:

What are you going to do differently next time? What would you continue to do? What would you improve upon? How will you use this new understanding in future?

 

Graham Gibb’s Model for Reflective Writing

Reflecting helps you create better learning.

Be better each day.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: