I am writing a reflection on an article about how to do reflective writing. The task sounds so confusing to me at the beginning as if I need to explain a paradox and find a solution to it. But now I have identified two points in the article which inspired me the most.
Firstly, the map of reflective writing is completely new to me. I have done reflective writing before. But I have never realized that there is a systematic approach. Moon’s (1999) map allows me to substitute the aspects of my topic into her steps of development. I explored some other writing strategies and found Baker’s (1996) “Four-Step Model” (identification, description, significance and implication) similar, but more general compared to Moon’s map. As a result, I plan the essay outline using Baker’s (1996) model; then manage the content details and examples according to Moon’s (1999) map. The models clarify the layout of a reflection to me, which guide me through a way out of the paradox of reflecting upon a reflective writing article.
The second point which fascinates me is to learn other’s opinion on the topic. I had some doubt about this point at the beginning because then, our perception would not be original. I was sceptical about whether others are going to tell me about their thoughts because they can be worried if I am going to plagiarize. To examine the utility of this point, I asked my classmate about her opinion. Surprisingly, she was willing to share her reflection; and the points which excite her are completely different to mine. She thinks that the practice of leaving your writing and come back to it later is intriguing. And after her explanation, I find that point to be useful as well! I didn’t recognize the point myself because I must have assumed it being something I already know. And not to assume familiar situations is another suggestion in the article. This process of discovering new aspects from others just keep inspiring me more and more, which makes me feel like I can write an endless reflection on the article now.
Baker, C. R. (1996). Reflective learning: A teaching strategy for critical thinking. Journal of Nursing Education, 35, 19-22.
Moon, J. (1999). Learning journals: A Handbook for Academics, Students and Professional Development, London: Kogan Page.
Moon, J. (2004). A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. New York: RoutledgeFalmer, 185-189, 204-209, 222-225.