Reflecting on one’s actions is an essential aspect of professional development that often occurs unconsciously. Teachers frequently modify their student engagement techniques, teaching methods, and student placement. As a result, they continually refine their practice through ongoing reflection.
When you are asked to reflect, the task can initially be daunting.
- Where do you start?
- What do you reflect on?
- Do you want recognition of strengths or weaknesses?
- How in depth should you go?
As the stress of figuring out how to effectively reflect accumulates, the act of reflection can lose its value, ultimately becoming a frustrating exercise.
With Reflectivity (formerly Swivl Teams), you can make reflection a simple routine process, while making it as engaging as possible. Developed by Dr. Roger Greenaway, the 4Fs were developed as a framework to actively reflect on numerous situations. Reflectivity increases energy by utilizing the 4Fs to help with reflection.
What did you realize?
How did it make you feel?
What are next steps?
With Reflectivity, we present the 4Fs as questions to help you reflect with purpose
When you go to reflect using the four Fs, be sure that you are reflecting on a short timeframe within one event, not numerous events. By paying closer attention, you can identify the challenges that you may encounter upon reflection.
What exactly happened? What were all the steps you saw or remember happening, in order. Do not think about the emotions or the behaviors.
What Did You Realize?
Are you able to make any conclusions from the event that you reflected on? What were the cause and effect moments?
How Did You Feel?
Now is the time to think about your emotions. Did your emotions play any role, positive or negative, into the event? Did your emotions indicate to you that something you planned should have changed?
What are your plans for next steps?
Based on what you learned from noticing what happened, some conclusions you made, and how you felt throughout the whole process, how can you either recreate or improve what was done and reflected on?