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M5_7 Reflective Practices & Mentoring Arrangement

Lesson 7

Discuss -> Use reflective practices for formative evaluation:

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Define reflective practices:

  • Reflective practice is the ability to reflect on one's actions so as to engage in a process of continuous learning.
  • According to one definition it involves "paying critical attention to the practical values and theories which inform everyday actions, by examining practice reflectively and reflexively.

Define formative evaluation:

  • A formative evaluation (sometimes referred to as internal) is a method for judging the worth of a program while the program activities are forming (in progress).
  • In formative evaluation, programs or projects are typically assessed during their development or early implementation to provide information about how best to revise and modify for improvement.
  • This type of evaluation often is helpful for pilot projects and new programs, but can be used for progress monitoring of ongoing programs.

Identify tools and techniques to support reflective practice:

  • For reflection answering the questions, “What went well, what didn’t go well and what would I do differently” is a great way to reflect
  • Reflection in this context should be done regularly especially when presented with a learning opportunity
  • You can forward reflect as well to prepare for upcoming meetings, mentoring sessions, etc.
  • You visualize how the meeting/mentor session may go and what might some of the questions be that would be discussed
  • This technique when practiced provides you with the ability to think a lot quicker on your feet
  • Keep a learning journal

Discuss how reflective practice enables the mentee to learn from experience:

  • Reflective practice has huge benefits in increasing self-awareness, which is a key component of emotional intelligence, and in developing a better understanding of others.
  • Reflective practice can also help you to develop creative thinking skills, and encourages active engagement in work processes.
  • A person who reflects throughout his or her practice is not just looking back on past actions and events, but is taking a conscious look at emotions, experiences, actions, and responses, and using that information to add to his or her existing knowledge base and reach a higher level of understanding

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