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  • Reflection

    The word ‘reflection’ has more than one meaning. In physics, when a surface doesn’t absorb light, heat, sound, etc, but bounces it off instead, it is called reflection. When you stand in front of a mirror or a surface of water, you find yourself looking back at you. This phenomenon is also called reflection. On a mental level, reflection can be termed as a process of serious thought or contemplation. Reflection is always related to thoughts and feelings about incidents or actions in the past. In simple terms, reflection is nothing but introspection ie examination of one’s thoughts and emotions.

    Reflection in Physics

    Let us study the reflection of light to understand about laws of reflection in physics. There are two laws of reflection: a) The incident ray, the reflected ray, and the normal to the reflecting interface at the point of incidence all lie in the same plane. b)The angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection. A ray of light that falls on the mirror is called incident ray. The ray of light that bounces off the surface of the mirror is called reflected ray. And, normal is a line perpendicular to the surface of the mirror. The angle between incident ray and normal is angle of incidence whereas the angle between reflected ray and normal is angle of reflection.

    Reflection is often confused with reminiscences of the past. It is not just a recall of memory but an analysis of one’s thoughts around it. People often reflect on their past decisions that have played a huge role in shaping their current lives. In a business environment, performance reviews of an employee or a company is a process of reflection on how the individual or the organization has fared in the past year.

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  • The Decision: Reflective Analysis on Joining the Military

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    REFLECTIVE ANALYSIS The Decision I am in the military and the decisions that I make effects someone or something either directly or indirectly. My status in the military allows me to make all sorts of decisions, from what pens and furniture to purchase to who to send to war, where and when. This particular decision I want to talk about is a decision that involved peoples lives. This decision changed my aspect of life and the military as I knew it. I was in charged of this element that was getting

  • Personal Development and Reflective Reasoning in Nursing

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    “Maybe reflective practices offer us a way of trying to make sense of the uncertainty in our workplaces and the courage to work competently and ethically at the edge of order and chaos…” (Ghaye, 2000, p.7) In order to fully understand the personal development and reflective reasoning in relation to your development in the Nursing field, one will have to define these two terminologies. Personal development means to include activities that improve awareness, can develop potential that will ultimately

  • The Importance Of Being An Effective Teacher

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    professional identities are currently undergoing profound change due to the expediting revolutions of the modern world, but ‘to meet these challenges teachers need a robust sense of personal-identity and a commitment to professional development and reflective practice’ (Gu 2007:4, cited Pollard, 2014). Thus, teachers must arbitrate between the past, present and future as ‘an education system needs to serve the needs of society when that society is undergoing profound and accelerating change…the teaching

  • Discovering Initial Workplace Applications

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    potential benefits of conducting reflective practice within the developed process of teaching, providing some advantages of reflective practice within the developed process of teaching, identifying a comprehensible plan of action of which identifies the implementation/integration of reflective practice methodologies within the writer’s place of employment, and assess strategies of which can be utilized for the purposes of engaging those in which resist to utilize the reflective practice approach. Benefits

  • Teaching Critical Reflection

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    assumptions governing their actions, locate the historical and cultural origins of the assumptions, question the meaning of the assumptions, and develop alternative ways of acting (Cranton 1996). Brookfield (1995) adds that part of the critical reflective process is to challenge the prevailing social, political, cultural, or professional ways of acting. Through the process of critical reflection, adults come to interpret and create new knowledge and actions from their ordinary and sometimes extraordinary

  • Teacher Observation

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    Observation – A Guidance for School Representatives. OFSTED, (2004) Why colleges Succeed. O’Leary, Matt (2014) Classroom Observation: A Guide to the Effective Observation of Teaching and Learning, Routledge, Oxon. Pollard, Andrew (2014) Readings for Reflective Teaching in schools, 2nd edition, Bloomsbury, London. P’Rayan, A (2013). Peer Observation of Teaching: A tool for Professional Development. Roberson, B. (2008) Peer Observation and Assessment of Teaching, University of Texas Skills For Life (2005)

  • Reflection Upon A Critical Incident

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    placement. Reflective practice has become very popular over the last few decades throughout a variety of professions. In some professions it has become one of the defining features of competence. The wide spread utilization of reflective practice is due to the fact that it ‘rings true’ (Loughran, 2000). Within different disciplines, what is understood by reflective practice varies considerably (Fook et al, 2006). Despite this, some agreement has been achieved. In general, reflective practice is

  • Confidence Is The Key To Success Essay

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    opportunity as an HR professional. CONCLUSION Williams, Woolliams and Spiro (2012 p5) state that reflective writing is new to most students. I felt that they are right because I had never thought or written a reflective essay until I am asked to write this assignment. It is a new idea, which made it difficult for me, but while reflecting on it, I have realised how important it is to be a reflective

  • The Importance Of Reflection In Practise

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    The purpose of this assignment is to examine and understand the term Reflection in practise, and to show if it is a useful tool for the skilled practitioner. There are many theories and theorists concerned with reflection and the secondary aim of this work is to briefly discuss some of them and to ascertain which of them would suit me. To begin with what is reflection? Reflection is the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning (Schon1983) Paying critical attention