Reflecting

As we learn we reflect and engage with colleagues, students and project members about digital pedagogies our reflections may form some of the the blog posts and summaries of this site.

Reflection will encompass the ‘what’, ‘so what’ and ‘now what’ phases of critical reflective practices. We’ll seek to engage in a full circle analysis of a topic from multiple lenses as well – the self, the student, the peer and the literature.

Brookfield in his book, Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher (1995) proposes the following four lenses for reflection.

Self Lens (our autobiographies as learners)
With this lens, we focus on our experiences as a teacher in order to reveal aspects of our own pedagogies that may need adjustment or strengthening. Teaching philosophies and portfolios can be examples of this lens, as well as written or oral narratives of our teachings.

Student Lens (our students’ eyes)
With this lens, we are engaging with the student views of the learning environment. This lens can lead to more responsive teaching. Student feedback opportunities, journals, scholarly inquiry projects, focus groups and/or interviews can each provide cues for us to improve teaching and learning.

Peer Lens (our colleagues’ experiences and perceptions)
With this lens, peers can highlight hidden habits in our teaching practices, and also provide innovative solutions to teaching problems. Building a faculty learning community provides a group of peers for this sort of engagement. Further, colleagues can be inspirational and provide support and solidarity. Peer observation is a good activity for seeing through this lens.

Literature Lens (the theoretical literature)
With this lens, literature provides the vocabulary for teaching practice, and offers different ways to view and understand your teaching. Here we will find ways to apply some of the scholarly literature in our teaching and critical reflections. The literature (stories, videos, books, etc) included in this site under the Learning section are some good examples of the literature.

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