Read through the Bortons and Gibbs examples below. What are your thoughts?


Note the way the “what happened” sections are short and concise. Although reflections are personal and really there is no right or wrong way of doing them, novice reflectors will concentrate their efforts on the description, often detailing in depth the background and “whole event”. A reflection is a snap shot of a particular moment in time. Try to really narrow down your reflection ensuring there is no information that doesn’t directly relate to the incident or topic being reflected on. This way you will find it a lot easier to find research for the next section.


Although they are both written by the same person, one reflection is heavier on the evidence than the other. Why do you think this might be? Would the reflector learnt more with more research or do you think that sometimes too much might interfere with the emotional element? Again there is no right or wrong.



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