When we work on a project, serve on a committee, run a program or run our lives do we take time to reflect on what went well or what we learned from the experience? Did our behavior change or modify?
If we look at how we learn, reflection plays a key role. Taking what we have done and taking the time to evaluate and reflect will enhance the process of “learning”.
Many times I would go about my day and I wouldn’t think about an interaction or conversation with someone as a learning experience. I have had to make it a conscious choice to look at these opportunities as a way to grow. It isn’t always easy, especially when emotions or values come into play – I forget because I am too caught up in those feelings. If I journal or talk with someone about it, I may see it from a different angle and my emotions are not as high.
My “learning style” or how I process information does not make reflection easy for me. I tend to say “well that didn’t work” and immediately come up with another idea, not reflecting on why it didn’t work in the first place.
Take the time to reflect in any manner that works for you. Some people journal or write down their thoughts and others may need to have a verbal conversation with someone. It may take others time to get to the reflection part of the process, and then they will do the steps mentioned. Whatever works for you, take the time for reflection.
JUST THE FACTS:
We remember 10% of what we hear
We remember 15% of what we see
We remember 20% of what we see and hear
We retain 60% of what we do
We retain 80% of what is done actively with REFLECTION
We retain 90% of what we teach others
--Gary Phillips, Silcox 1993
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