Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Rolfe and Reflection

I have recently being doing a FutureLearn course called "Discovering Your PhD Potential" (here). As part of that course, we were asked to find a method to undertake regular reflection during the course.

Due to my career practice, and as an educator, I am familiar with reflection as a tool for processing and self-improvement. There are a number of theories I like, but Rolfe et al's "What", "Now What", and "So What" (2001) is probably the easiest of them to digest. I have written about it how to use this in the past, but it is worth recapping. Rolfe's method can be viewed in the video below:


For my daily written reflection, I currently use 750words (https://750words.com/) to write daily 'morning words'. It works very well; you can decide if you want to make your writing public or private, and whatever you write is downloadable. I download monthly, and compile my writing into a Word doc. I am currently a few thousand words over three quarters of a million words (it is surprising how quickly those words have mounted up). 

The founders - Buster and Kellianne - run the 750words site with very low membership fees. When you join, you get 30 days free and then the cost is $5 per month. I paid for a lifetime membership and have been using this site for almost two years, writing almost daily (98% hit rate).

I still enjoy it, and it helps me think about the what, the now what, and the so what of my writing.


Sam

References:
  • Benson, B. & Benson, K. (n.d.) 750 Words: Hello, welcome to a little thing called 750 Words. Retrieved 4 September 2017 from http://750words.com/
  • Rolfe, G., Freshwater, D., Jasper, M. (2001). Critical reflection in nursing and the helping professions: a user’s guide. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • University of Leicester (2017). Discovering your PhD Potential. Retrieved 4 September 2017 from https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/research-question/1/todo/11258

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