The intention of reflective practice is to help the teacher/learning coach evolve and develop the quality of their teaching by the continuation of personal development. Although most teachers have done this for years, reflective modelling or methods have formulized a structure which can be followed and adapted to best suit their methods. It is an ongoing process which takes feelings and emotions into consideration and so it will not always have a definitive answer/ending. Since most models of reflection require subjective and objective thinking then there is a willingness to be honest to engage constant self appraisal. It asks that the teacher become flexible analytical and socially aware when addressing their chosen model of reflection.
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This familiarization led me to engross myself more into this particular cycle and so was relatively easy to engage. Words like FEELINGS and ACTION PLANS on the other hand made me feel a bit hesitant and cautious. As a teacher I think naturally the feelings of the student have always been more significant than my own, but trying to then write down my own feelings about an incident is harder to convey, especially on paper!
It’s a cycle so it’s easy to follow!
The last time I took a VKA test it came out V 14 K 2 A 0. Coming from an Art and design background I found the Gibbs cycle method easy to follow since the ongoing cycle is in fact never ending. Visually its accessible at any point and since it’s a never ending cycle of learning one of the benefits of reflective practice is that you don’t stop learning or reflecting on what you’re doing.
It doesn’t ask the teacher to be too intrusive about moral, ethical and social views. The questions in the cycle imply that the reflector can be analytical without raising any concerns on moral, ethical and social views.
It can however have a profound emotional impact on the person reflecting and therefore it has to be done with a sense of respect.
Negatives of the Gibbs Model –
While models such as Gibbs’ may offer useful basic questions to help structure reflection,
Some argue that a broader, more critically reflexive approach is needed. For some people the headings may come over