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Reflecting on your learning during the course

Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing you to some research from the science of learning and asking you to consider how these ideas might fit in with your existing teaching practice. Throughout we will encourage you to critically evaluate the practical application of this research in the classroom, and ask whether the evidence is sufficient to justify changing your practice.

In the next steps you’ll see how teachers are discussing using scientific evidence as part of their reflective practice. We hope you too will go along this journey.

Reflecting on what you are learning

Trying to take in new ideas and embed them into your practice is not easy. However, we stress the importance of critical reflection if you want to translate these ideas into practice, and also if you want to be effective in making changes in what you do. We recommend that you keep a personal record of all your work on the course, as a resource for refreshing your memory and continuing to refine your practice in the future.

Exactly how and where you do this is up to you. It could be a private ‘digital scrapbook’ file. If you have a blog or other online space where you share ideas, you may choose to put selected work there (always respecting the privacy and confidentiality of others, of course). We’ve provided a Reflection Grid to help with your reflective professional development.

Using the Reflection Grid

Each of the box has a particular name and function. Use a blank copy of the Reflection Grid (Word Doc) for each week. We also have a Google Doc version.

Take a look at our example (PDF) of how you might complete the grid.

On some occasions we will prompt you to use the Reflection Grid, but feel free to use it whenever you want. We hope you find it a useful tool to help you in your learning journey - so that when you go online and you start to talk with others, you’ve got ideas to share.

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