#DigiLitSunday: Reflection


Join the #DigiLit Sunday celebration organized by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche.


What does “REFLECTION” mean to you?

Google defines reflection as either:

“1. the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it.”

       “the reflection of light”


“2.  serious thought or consideration.”

         “he doesn’t get much time for reflection”

Which reflection were you thinking of?

Does it matter?

Consider these quotes:


Which quote is your favorite?

Dewey?  Confucious?  Teclei?  Garten?

I often talk about being at that age and stage of my life when it would be easy to say, “Oh, well, I guess that REALLY doesn’t matter.”  Yet my passion for learning continues to take me back to the Confucious quote.

Learning is everything.  Acting on that learning by using the learning is important to me.  And yet reflecting on that learning is equally important.  At times, learning and reflection almost feel like the chicken and the egg conundrum!

Reflection is critical for professionals to grow.  Reflection is critical in the collection of data and in the use of formative assessments to adjust instruction.  Reflection is also critical in considering whether the needs of the students are being met both efficiently and effectively.  Self reflection also provides professionals with both the time and the tools to determine whether the “perceived reality” is in fact the actual reality in the classroom!  However, there must be some “learning” to reflect on.  Otherwise, reflection is merely continuing the status quo!

WHEN and HOW do you reflect on your work?

What do you believe are the most critical attributes of reflection?




10 responses

  1. Today I realized that having enough time pass allows for strong reflection. Maybe as a teacher, I also need to reflect daily but also step back and ask What have I learned in the last year, 5 years, 10 years, 15 years?

    1. Sally,
      So true. Even thinking about today, this week, this month, this quarter, and this year. So many different time frames that one can consider when reflecting! ❤

  2. Reflection for me comes so naturally that I forget how hard it is for others. It truly is a mindset. I like Dewey’s quote and even used it today in my post. Now my focus is how to teach this practice to my students.

    1. Leigh Anne,
      Reflection is one of those practices that is “harder” to explain once you have executive control. I really like all four of those quotes for so many reasons!

  3. These quotes are so powerful. Initially, I was most attracted to Garten. For me, that one centers on my responsibility. But on reflection (ha) they all intertwine. We need to incorporate each thought at different points along the road.

    1. Julieanne,
      You already know that I couldn’t stop with just one quote. I’m going to see which ones students pick. That will add even more interesting data to the mix! 🙂

  4. Reflection without change is purposeless. We must be willing to look hard and change when something is revealed. That’s the hardest part.

    1. So true, Margaret. Easy to “look at” our reflection but the “action” part takes work!

  5. Fran, I really liked the way you crafted this post. The quotes show the many sides of reflection. The reality of reflection is that it’s a critical piece of being a thoughtful educator who is introspective and ready to grow to impact his/her teaching and our students’ learning.

    1. Thanks, Carol. I’m working on a photo essay and really spending time on “choice” of photos. Deliberate and reflective . . . so many views, definitions and applications. You are right that reflection is multi-faceted AND critical!

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