Reflection was stressed greatly in this chapter of Make Learning Magical. Kolb's Learning Cycle, a popular educational theory, includes four cyclical steps that seem to mirror Tisha's ideas:
Being able to process and reflect internally on the information you are taking in is crucial to retaining that information, and transferring it to use in future situations. Reflection is often a difficult practice to to put into place as an agricultural educator, when you are constantly being pulled so many directions. However, prioritizing your reflection time the same way you prioritize your relationships and other life responsibilities can assist you in maintaining your sanity, while revealing opportunities to make your classroom more authentic for your students.
What are some ways that you like to reflect on your learning, personally and/or professionally? Do you have a fun technique you use to unwind at the end of the day, a special place you take your pensive walks, or do you like to grab a cup of coffee with a friend and talk it out?
If you struggle with making time for reflection or just aren't sure "how" best to go about it, glean some information from your fellow Book Club friends as we build our "Professional Learning Network." Let's encourage each other and provide suggestions as we become more authentic with ourselves and others.