How does one do this?
First, it's important to zero in on the topic that you are reflecting on. For example, a topic I am reflecting a lot on is how to teach our most challenged students better.
Then, it's important to look at what's happening related to this topic with questions such as these:
- Where are we seeing success?
- Where are we seeing a lack of success?
- What are the attributes of success we notice?
- What are the attributes of lack of success we see?
- What time, staffing, environment, pedagogy, and resources lead to greater success?
- How can we effectively maximize the use of those positive contributors more?
- Where does research and development play a role here? How are we maximizing the use of collaboration too to develop this effort?
Good reflection looks at the big picture independently and with others. They create a discovery path, and then act upon its findings. Information is shared readily and inclusively--it's not a competition, but instead a collegial effort towards betterment.