Reflective Diary Analysis

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Reflective Diary Data were drawn from journal writing based on the experiences of teaching starter activities in class to evaluate pupil’s behaviour and learning. The reflective diary style was based on Gibbs’ (1988) reflective cycle. This diary format encourages practitioners to reflect on 6 key stages of reflection of the lesson in order to encourage deeper analysis; Description; Feelings; Evaluation; Analysis; Conclusion; and Action Plan. Reid (1993, p.3) defines reflection as a “process of evaluating an experience of practice in order to describe, analyse, assess” which ultimately informs future practice. Scanlon et al. (2002: 137) states that keeping reflective diaries encourages practitioners to self-reflect on information gained from experience and to reflect on the learning within the context of lesson. Participant observation in class was recorded in the diary description. This involved observation of…show more content…
A small sample of qualitative feedback was received from pupils and teachers. Formative assessment strategies were used to evaluate pupil’s opinion using exit slips (post-it notes). When feasible, 3 pupils were asked to remain after class and to write down their opinion on the starter activity. As Black et al. (2003) states encouraging pupils to share their opinions about the strategies used in class, enables pupils to take greater ownership of their learning, encourages self-assessment and empowers pupils to become active learners. Evaluating feedback from students and teachers can help develop the culture of teaching and learning. Chapman and Sammons (2013) expresses that student feedback provides a rich context which can be used to improve the quality of education. OECD’s (2013) report agrees that pupil’s opinion can encourage self-evaluation at a whole-school
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