Definition of reflective practice

Reflective practice is the ability to reflect on your own actions in order to engage in a process of continuous learning. It is a way of studying your own experiences to improve the way you teach. It is very useful for teachers who want to carry on professional learning throughout their teaching career. The act of reflection is a great way to increase confidence and become a more proactive and qualified professional.


All teachers, just as any other professional, have a duty of care to enhance their skills and knowledge via a process of continuous reflective practice, as it is an integral part of maintaining professional status. 

A teacher should be able to observe her/his behaviour, feelings, thoughts, skills, attitudes, biases from an objective viewpoint. It offers teachers a more thorough understanding of dilemmas in their classroom and promotes new ways of thinking. Some of the functionalities of reflective practice are the following:

  • It  can help teachers recognize and continue good practices.
  • It can make teachers become aware of aspects of current practices that could be improved.
  • It can help teachers identify areas that require considerable attention.


   4.3 Reflective practice                                                                                       The reflective cycle

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