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Reflective practice is looking back on practices and asking ourselves, ‘why do we do what we do?’, ‘are our pedagogical practices consistent with the Guiding Principles of the Education and Care National Law?’ (Section 3, 2012), ‘what is working and what can we improve?, ‘is the child the focus in this process?’
Reflective practice is both destabilising and liberating. It urges us to think deeply about who we are, what we do and how we might go about improving our practices. At the Exceeding level (NQS, 2018), practice is informed by critical reflection.
What is the difference between critical reflection and reflective practice?
Do you want to know how do you reflect on practices including documentation and assessment, celebrations, risky play, theorists, child’s’ rights, routines, environments, including Aboriginal perspectives and embedding the arts in the curriculum?
If so, this inspiring workshop is for you and your colleagues.
This practical workshop will encourage participants to reflect on these questions:
- Looking through a social justice lens, does your pedagogy benefit each child, particularly vulnerable children?
- Is your practice fair and equitable for ALL children and families?
- Do you understand the difference between reflective practice and critical reflection?
- Are you considering each child’s ‘belonging, being and becoming’ in your environments and practices?
Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Define what reflection looks like in practice
- Reflect and reframe on practices such as environments, equity, documentation, risky play, the arts, celebrations and theories that influence our work
- Assess the most powerful way to document reflectively in your setting
- Implement reflective practice as a tool for change
THE AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS
Completing this course – Reflective Practice (6 hours) may be used as Teacher Identified Professional Development/Learning addressing: APTS 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.
AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARD DESCRIPTORS
APTS 6.3.2: Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice
THE NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD
This course aligns with:
QA 1: Educational program and practice
QA 4.2.1: Professional collaboration