I couldn’t sleep last night. I just lay there thinking about something, turning it over and over in my mind, on the one hand quite annoyed that it was keeping me awake, but on the other, quite glad of the time to reflect on it and get my thoughts in order.
A considered response is often more effective than the instinctive or impulsive one. It gives us time to weigh up the options, to talk ourselves out of rash or unwise responses and to rehearse the language we use in our communication.
Reflection is learning is the time where we rehearse concepts and practice actions, it’s where we compare the new learning to old schemas and update our position accordingly. Reflection takes time, more time than is often available within a piece of e-learning or a single workshop, so we need to build space for reflection into our learning journey.
Spreading learning out over time, with pre course teasers and context setting and post course or event reminders and performance support materials undoubtedly helps to reinforce and strengthen the learning, to drive abstract concepts into concrete behaviours.
We don’t have to be asleep to reflect, although i guess that too much reflection may drive us to sleep… Reflection is a stage of learning that is hard to quantify, easy to overlook or be ‘too busy’ to do, but we learn better if we manage it.