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Why reflect?

Reflecting on theory and school practice is important in Education courses. The need to think reflectively improves your ability to read critically and analyse course readings, ideas presented in class and experiences in schools. As you write you clarify your own understanding. The process of thinking and writing reflectively helps you to lay philosophical foundations for your teaching career.

Reflection guides you as you:

  • explore issues or ideas that are important for you
  • react to the text or situation by agreeing or disagreeing and explaining why
  • discuss links between the ideas on a topic to the work of more than one writer (you need at least two)
  • consider classroom practice (or other field experience) to what is appropriate for you
  • develop a personal philosophy of practice.
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