The reflective process is to help make better sense of the information at hand and to guide and direct learning in an appropriate way. The reflective journal is to encourage one to view teaching and learning problems from different perspectives. The purpose of the journal is to analyze situations and events happening within the classroom that you either observe or in which you are participant. This is an opportunity to select and analyze a specific event. First, provide a Description that contains who, what, where, when and/or how – all required. Second, the Analysis is a breakdown of your situation into parts that describe the strengths and weaknesses. Third, Planning, how does this influence you as a teacher candidate; that is, what strategy(ies) for change would you plan for and implement.
Due date: Check with the university supervisor for specific number of entries and dates.
Reflection is the process of assessing information or events, and thinking about and analyzing them and then using the results to change or enhance future events (Bullock & Hawk, 2001).
As you write each reflection consider the following elements: