Setting up a learning journal using Gibbs cycle of reflection
- Description – What happened?
- Feeling – What were you thinking and feeling at the time?
- What was good and bad about the experience?
- Analysis – What sense can be made of the situation?
- Conclusion – What else could have been done?
- Action plan – What needs to be done next time?
Accessed from: Michaud, M. (2010) ‘Reflective Writing for College Students’ [online], Campus Life @ suite 101, http://suite101.com/ article/ reflective-writing-for-college-students-a205546 (last accessed 26 January 2016).
Current practice and how a learning journal may be useful
I apply what I would call ‘reflective practice’ to my day to day working as a business consultant in reflecting on what went well? not so well? and what would I do differently next time? I have built this into my daily routine and find that it drives a continuous improvement mindset. Reflecting(!) on Gibbs Cycle of Reflection I can see that my current practice is task and outward focused rather than having an inward and thoughts/feelings focus which has the potential to create more personal insight which in turn could amplify my learning from any situation. I strongly believe that thoughts and feelings drive behaviour and so analysing both in relationship to how and what I am learning will help identify lessons learnt and assist in writing the reflective parts of TMAs.
My thoughts on recording my reflective practice
- Record the context
- Reflect on previous action plan and changes/new practice and results
- Log feelings, self-talk and any ‘triggers’ for this
- Analyse the ‘triggers’ and my reaction and reset actions for next time.
I anticipate the discipline of maintaining a learning journal will be a real challenge for me – my usual style is to begin with enthusiasm…..and guess what happens then?………………..