The Little Book of Reflective Practice
A Practical Guide to the Early Years
The Little Book of Reflective Practice is bursting with big ideas which will encourage you to be curious, reflective and courageous in your professional learning journey. It introduces the key reflective theories alongside case studies from educators to show how these can be applied to improve practice.
The journey from being to thriving is set out in several chapters each providing different themes which will encourage you to capture your reflections, record your learning and development and apply theories of reflection to your professional practice. Full of practical guidance, activities and questions to prompt reflective thinking, the chapters cover:
- getting started
- how to write reflectively
- creating spaces to be reflective
- using reflective practice to set targets for your learning and professional development
Spaces for capturing your reflective thoughts and reflective activities are provided througout, alongside sections where you may wish to stop and engage in deeper thinking. This book will be invaluable reading for early years practitioners, tutors and early years students on level 3 courses and Foundation Degrees.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Being Me
Theme 1a – Courage
Theme 1b - Be More Lion
Theme 1c – Me in a Box
Theme 1d – The Rainbow Educator
Chapter 2 – Spreading Your Wings: Reflective Writing
Theme 2a - Barriers to Reflection
Theme 2b – Creating Reflective Spaces
Theme 2c - The Pocketbook Mirror
Theme 2d – What is Reflective Writing?
Theme 2e – The Ripples of Reflection
Theme 2f – I do not have the time to think!
Chapter 3 – Ponder and Pause a While in the Gallery of Theorists
Theme 3a - Brookfield
Theme 3b - Schon
Theme 3c – Gibbs
Theme 3d – Kolb
Theme 3e - Boud, Keogh and Walker
Theme 3f - Johari Window
Theme 3g -The Theory Tree
Theme 3h- Theory and Practice
Chapter 4 – Belonging and Thriving
Theme 4a - Reflecting With Others
Theme 4b- The Reflective Buddy
Theme 4c - Reflective Conversations: The Seven Steps to Reflective Success
Theme 4d - Finding Your Ikigai
Theme 4e – SWOT Analysis
Theme 4f – Feedback and Developmental Needs
Adjectives to Support the Reflective Activities
Annie Pendrey is an Educational Consultant and Researcher for the Early Years and Education sector, UK.