Author: Seena Rich

REFLECTION April 27-May 2

Reflection:  throwing back, serious thought or consideration, cognition

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Let me take a minute to reflect…

Why am I so resistant to writing the introductory piece to #slowchatED? It seems to turn me off in some way.  Not sure why? Maybe I feel it has to be formal and totally legit since #slowchatED is a collective endeavor sparked by @davidtedu and maintained by the masses.  I feel a sense of obligation to try harder, sound smarter, write better than I normally do.

But why the resistance? It doesn’t make sense considering the fact that over the course of #slowchatED’s existence I’ve learned that I really like the easy going pace and intimate nature of a slow twitter chat. I enjoy being able to think about the questions, although I do still answer in a spur of the moment fashion.  #slowchatED has created a space for me to dream, problem solve, question, support, and befriend many teachers.  If I met them face-to-face I would already know some of their fundamental beliefs as an educator…and a human.  It’s triggered new thought, challenged old thinking, and connected me with positive forward thinking educators from all over.  #slowchatED has offered the perfect amount of give and take during the busy school year.

Even though I did not answer my original question, and the reason for writing the above reflection, I did link and construct meaning out of my #slowchatED experiences.

TOPIC BACKGROUND: 

I’m curious about the role reflection plays in learning.  This year I began a reflective journey on Instagram that changed me more than any other PD or bit of information I have learned.  My reflections began as random yoga poses with minimal writing. Everyday I posted a yoga picture and wrote.  Eventually my writing evolved and became more reflective.  Posting a picture everyday to a social media site became a catalyst for growth that was completely unexpected.  I guess, what I didn’t expect was that I already had a ton of experiences inside of me but through the reflective process I was able to make sense of it.  It became apparent to me through this process that reflection is critical, essential, and should not be pushed to the side as a two minute exercise at the end of a period.  Reflection takes time and effort.  I’m now wondering if teaching reflection is more valuable then teaching content…

I have so many questions, I just don’t know where to start so I’ll just randomly list them:

  • Why reflect? Why is it important?
  • What reflective process do teachers, students, admins have?
  • Why aren’t we required more to reflect?
  • Do we have to reflect on our personal lives to be able to reflect on our professional lives?
  • Do we value reflections or is it considered too touchy-feely? Not academic enough?
  • Is a written reflection more effective than a reflective conversation?
  • How do we allow for students to reflect? What practices do we have in place?
  • Do we reflect?
  • Is there more power in sharing your reflections? Why share them?
  • How can we, as teachers, grade or evaluate a student’s reflection? Is there any way to compare one student’s reflection with another’s? Every one’s reflection will be different…how can we grade them?

Questions to be solidified when they are tweeted.  I’m still reflecting on which ones I want to ask…

The Moment — June 2 to June 7

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In the true spirit of this topic I will not be posting any links or extra readings.  

All you need is the present moment, some recall of previous moments,

and maybe projections of moments yet to be.  

Moderated by: @seenarich

Q1:  Why is staying in the moment so hard? Why is something so simple so complicated? 

Q2:  What specific thoughts or thought patterns buzz through your mind that keep you from the moment? Be real, be specific.

Q3:  How do we expect our Ss to be in the classroom moment when we have a difficult time managing our moments?  How do we show them? How does it work in your class?  How do we let them be where they are?

Q4:  Post a moment that you have today.

Q5:  How is being in the moment different than noticing “stuff” and being observant?

Q6: Describe a moment that reaffirmed working in Ed was worth it or the moment it clicked that this is what you were meant to do?