Tutorial 9 Activity: Writing your Cycle 1 Reflection

Congratulations you are almost done with cycle one. It is now time for writing your REFLECTION. Here are some steps that might help you.

A) Reviewing your Blog

Hopefully you have been keeping a blog. Read your blog entries and make notes or codes that help you see what you have been thinking about. Use a tool like diggo that allows you to annotate or code your blog entries. This may help you make connections across the different entries . See if you can find any themes. For example, was control over the project a large issue? Was there conflict? Was there a point at which things changed? Look for insights-- places were you were surprised, disppointed, excited, or rewarded. What happened and why? As you read think about how your statements might be the same or different if you wrote them now. Sometimes things look different when there is distance. If you were emotional about something, can you now look at it and see how your reactions affected the social context? Did you you find that listening helped you see things from the perspective of others?

As you read, here are some thing you might want to note or collect
  1. Linking Action and Reactions -- as you acted with others, what were the reactions that you have noted
  2. Insights - ideas that occurred to you as you worked through the action-- you might want to start a list of insights as they could each be discussed in a section of your reflection
  3. Ideas - connections between what you read and what you are learning- ideas that you are evolving can be discussed in a section of your reflection
  4. Plans for the next cycle - thoughts you had for what you might try next time - collect these for the last section of your reflection.

B) Writing your Cycle Reflection

Reflect on what you did and what happened and then WHY it happened as best you can figure out. What matched your expectations and what surprised you? Where did you feel effective and when were you less satisfied with your actions. Did you learn something from the data analysis what was not evident in the setting? Often we have the sense from reading responses that everyone was talking about how effective one strategy was but then you code the data, you find that only 20% mentioned it. We hear and see things that we are looking for or expecting. When we are look at data more carefully we often see differently.

See template for writing your cycle reflection

C) Evaluate your reflection

1) Did I write about things that are not visible? Descriptive writing is about what happened, but reflective writing is about what takes place in the mind which is not visible.
2) Did I learn something new from writing? Writing is a way to organize thinking. When you repeatedly ask yourself why after everything you write, you will start to get at things that are close to your core assumptions and values. Often examining these leads to new ideas.
3) Did my reflection help guide me to cycle two? Action research is cyclic or iterative. This means that the outcomes of one cycle of innovation leads to ideas for the next. What will you try in cycle two? and in cycle three? and beyond?

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