I never had a custom of writing reflections before, as I never write diaries, until I am required to in this semester. Now I have wrote a few reflections for Non-fiction Project and Fiction Project. Having read A Handbook of Reflective and Experimental Learning: Theory and Practice (Moon Jennifer A, 2004), a few points are new to me.
One is that ‘your emotional state at time of writing, and your reaction to what you are writing’ and ‘a straightforward decision, e.g. about whether something is right or wrong, good or bad, etc.’ In previous reflections for Fiction Project and Non-fiction Project, I never considered how the layer of emotions shape my reflections. I thought writing a reflection is as serious as a report or an essay, and it is essential to figure out a right decision to write. So, now writing reflection is supporting me to identify and to develop decisions. Though “The what?”, “So what?” and “Now what?” are important components in a reflection, there is nothing to do with right or wrong.
Another point new to me is that ‘it is also worth recognizing that reflective writing may be a means of becoming clearer about something. “Cognitive housekeeping’ is something keep my mind clear, to deeply learn and feel something during writing. It is used to recall my experience and to make positive outcomes.
1.Moon, Jennifer, A. A handbook of reflective and experiential learning: theory and practice, (p224). New York: RoutledgeFalmer, 2004.