This post is part of 23 Things for Professional Development.
I’ve been struggling over this Thing for I started this blog largely as a place to reflect on my career and CPD activities, but it’s turned into more of a diary than an actual reflective tool. Reading the other CPD23 blogs on this topic, it seems I’m not alone in this though!
I like the simplicity of the Borton model cited in the CPD23 blog: the “what” “so what” “now what” model. I think my blog is pretty heavy on the “what”, getting there with the “so what”, but needs a lot more emphasis on “now what”. I need to get into the habit of actually evaluating my CPD activities, and setting clear action points afterward. A couple of other CPD23 bloggers have given some great examples of how to do this: Laura at Palely Loitering has bitten the bullet by putting her action points right there on the blog, as she says to encourage her to stick to them, and Girl in the Moon has a great idea for doing quarterly reviews of all the activity recorded on her blog.
Inspired by them both, here are my action points for developing my reflective practice skills:
- Use the Borges model as a framework for my blog posts, bearing in mind Emma’s suggested questions for evaluating activities
- Write up events/training within 3 days of attending – I’m terrible for leaving things too late, so I’ve forgotten most of it by the time I get around to doing a write-up! I don’t think I necessarily need to write a full blog post within 3 days, but at least some initial notes and first impressions to keep it fresh in my mind
- Schedule quarterly reviews of all the activity recorded on my blog – what have/haven’t I been putting into practice from what I’ve learned?