We all know the benefits of reflective inquiry: it brings clarity to our teaching practice and helps us define our professional goals. But how many of us really practice reflective teaching? At the end of a long week, the thought of writing a lesson analysis onto a stark white piece of paper, or a blank Word document can seem like an uninspiring task.
This is why the speaker began blogging. In the blogosphere, the canvas for reflection is colorful. The possibilities for creative interaction range from meaningful play with photography and video, to passionate personal dialogues with readers. It is through this multimedia, and through peer sharing that the presenter has been able to increase her teaching confidence, as well as develop a clearer vision of her pedagogical ambitions.
The speaker presents the evolution of her blog Throwing Back Tokens (www.throwingbacktokens.wordpress.com), and how blogging can impact the audience’s reflective practice. She would love to see her audience leaving her presentation with the idea that the reflective blogging community may be also be a circle they would like to join.
Finding My Voice via Reflective Blogging: A post about why I use a blog as a medium for reflective teaching.
Is the Reflective Process a New Concept for Teachers?: In this post I write about what I learned after presenting this presentation at the Daejeon National KOTESOL Conference in May 2011.
What the Word ‘Blog’ Means to Me: A creative interpretation of how I feel blogging relates to reflection.