Thing 5: Living a reflective life

8 06 2012

I’ve been working towards Chartership for the past two years so I feel like I’ve been in a reflective haze for most of that time.  At first I found that I had to force myself to reflect and that the “What? So what? Now what?”  mantra was necessary to stop me from digressing.  Further down the line it does come more naturally to me, but I do think I still have to work at being a reflective practitioner – it’s so easy for work / family / real life to take over.  I found that writing my reflective learning log (via PBWorks) makes me take a necessary pause for breath.  Often I think, “Right, I’ve got 10 minutes so I’ll just write a quick log entry”, then I find that 2 hours later I’m still typing!  It’s a bit like professional therapy for me.

One unnerving side effect that I have noticed is how wearing a reflective hat can overflow into my personal life; I’ll sometimes find myself likening children’s TV shows to professional development (I watch a lot of CBeebies – well, my son does).  Does anyone else find this?  Once you’ve activated the reflective switch it’s hard to turn it off!


My first post

18 05 2012

I hope to use this blog as a reflective learning log to chart my learning experiences as an information professional.  I’ve been keeping a private reflective learning log for a few years and now it’s time to share it with the world! 

Reflection has become a big part of my professional practice since I’ve been working on my CILIP Chartership submission, and I want to continue that reflection in the wider blogosphere.  So there may be a bit of Chartership angst thrown in here too…

I’ve just been updating the ‘About’ page on the blog and started to write a list of my ‘professional interests’.  Then I got stuck.  What are my professional interests?  I’m not really sure.  I’m staring at a blank screen waiting for light bulbs to start pinging above my head.  The theme tune from annoying CBeebies show, ‘Everything’s Rosie’, that I’ve been watching this morning with my son is on repeat in my head.  I might have to come back to this one.  Maybe this blog will help me work it out.