Transcript of the autobiographical lens video

I have been a teacher for more than 40 years, so reflective learning has always been on the cards and I am familiar with reflective learning cycles such as the Gibbs Reflective Cycle and the work of people like Donald Schon who is known for his insights into reflective learning.

I have also worked as a tutor on Oxford Brookes online Reflective Learning course with Peter Jackson and Jenny Moon, which was when I first put into words how I would define reflective learning and recorded this in this blog, which I created to accompany this course.

Blogging is a wonderful tool for reflective learning. I have been blogging fairly consistently since my first MOOC experience in 2008, in another blog which I call Jenny Connected. The title is related to a growing realisation that reflective learning can be enhanced through connection with others across the web.

Stephen Brookfield has written that autobiographical self-reflection is fraught with dangers. We all have blind spots in our work as teachers – practices and assumptions that we never investigate.

The openness of blogging and the possibility of encountering alternative perspectives is a way avoiding these blind spots.  Even if not many people read my blog, or if I don’t get many comments on my blog, the very act of openly writing for an ‘invisible’ audience means that I have to reflect on what I think, what I do and why I think and act in the way I do. Through blogging I surface my tacit understanding and record it – and over time I will develop a history of blog posts that tell my individual learning story.

For me perhaps the best thing about blogging is that it is my own personal space. I am in control. I can choose to share or not to share my reflections, to be alone or in the crowd. And there are many people I can learn from in ‘blogosphere’.

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