Ways of reflecting
Reflection as a process can be applied in many different places. Reflection can happen in written form, in conversation with self, with others, and as a range of creative media.
Reflection can take many forms and there is no one way reflection should happen. There is value in reflecting alone, with others, and both immediately after an experience and later.
For this section and its subsections the following terms will be used to ease the reading experience.
Any kind of reflection where the person reflecting is the only intended audience – while a facilitator may have asked the individual to reflect, the facilitator will not see private reflections.
Private reflections can be used as a foundation for creating ‘reflection for others’.
|Reflection with an audience||Reflection where there is an intended audience. This audience can be someone assessing the reflection, a friend, or wider audiences as an internet site.|
Be aware that just because you are using one of the ways described below, that doesn’t guarantee that you are reflecting. There is a big difference between talking with a friend and reflecting with a friend, or between writing a journal and reflecting in a journal – both have value and you should choose according to what you want to get out of the experience.
Below you can find four main ways to reflect. These ways can be used both for private reflection and for reflection with an audience. Some might be better suited for private reflection or for with an audience, and you might find that you have a personal preference.
Whichever way you reflect, if someone else is involved you should never feel forced to share something you are not comfortable with. Similarly you should not share something that is too personal for the other person – just because they are involved does not mean they necessarily want your deepest, darkest secrets.