Reflective Praxis


“Reflection is an active process of witnessing one’s own experience in order to take a closer look at it, sometimes to direct attention to it briefly, but often to explore it in greater depth” (Amulya, n.d.). 

I have struggled a lot with reflection at times. I think I have gotten better at it from starting with MALAT as well as some of my writing. Word to aspiring writers reflecting on your writing, as well as fear of the commenters, will make you a better writer. 

In a classroom whether online or face-to-face I don’t think you can overstate the importance of at least attempting to create a safe space for students. I don’t think that means that student’s will never be upset, debate can be challenging and uncomfortable,  but dissent between pupils can happen in a way that still maintains respect. 

The idea of reflective practice is well-defined here:

…the practice of periodically stepping back to ponder the meaning of what has recently transpired to ourselves and to others in our immediate environment. It illuminates what the self and others have experienced, providing a basis for future action. In particular, it privileges the process of inquiry, leading to an understanding of experiences that may have been overlooked in practice. In its public form, it is associated with learning dialogues. (Raelin, 2002)

 

Praxis is a term always linked to feminism for me because I learned it first from bell hooks when reading on her theories of engaged pedagogy. Teaching is inherently traditionalist or conservative if you think about it. When an instructor performs a lecture he or she does so in a similar way to those instructors from which they learned. 

However some things in the landscape have changed, including the technological advances that have allowed for open education, and there has been a move toward liberatory education as written about by Paulo Friere…who I will write about more tomorrow because I am tired right now. 

Amulya, J. (n.d.) What is reflective practice? Center for Reflective Community Practice. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Raelin, J. A. (2002). “I Don’t Have Time to Think!” versus the Art of Reflective Practice. Reflections4(1), 66-79.

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