|The Thinker (and this photo has reminded of the trailer for Project Nim that I saw last night at the cinema - looks interesting)|
I started this blog in the hope that it would encourage me to reflect on the various trips and visits, to which the trainees were treated. I am mostly of the mindset 'how does this compare to John's?' when considering what to write and this is reflective practice of a sort. The time involved really is surprising and, in theory, reflecting on several aspects of an event and what went well/wrong/interestingly is great but, in reality, you can only reflect for as much time as you have. I can see reflection being helpful when dealing with training events, events within the library or conferences but it is when it comes to reflection on personal performance that I struggle.
Refelction on myself
|Not me...but a bald man|
When it comes to professional matters, I am not one to blow my own trumpet (something my Mum puts down to being Scottish...not sure about that one) and focus on my shortcomings and weaknesses a lot. I possibly also overestimate other people's competence. All of these mean that reflection can be a bit of a minefield but I hope that continued focus on it along with more professional development reviews at work etc. will make my viewpoint more realistic and productive.
Putting it into practice
I am trying hard with CPD23 as well as Cam23 2.0 but the combination of the two is quite taxing! My main bugbear is Twitter but I am trying more with that. I am not posting more but I am reading posts more thoroughly and following more links, which I am finding pretty rewarding. I am much preferring the Hootsuite layout though I don't like their Facebook feed, which is just way behind updates (perhaps that's just me) but since I use Twitter for professional matters and Facebook for personal, I want to access them at different times so Hootsuite's shortfall is not really an issue.
|Technophobe no longer|