Thing 17 – Reflective Practice

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Reflections in November on the River Boyne, Ireland.

As I mentioned in Thing 6 I’m a big fan of reflective practice and I find using Gibbs Reflective Cycle the most useful out of all the models that have been developed. I originally set up this blog to complete a component of one of my MLIS modules and in my very first welcome post I outlined my past experience with reflecting.

The LIS sector is a dynamic field which is why reflecting on what we do and why we do is essential to maintain personal and professional development in order to provide a better service to the clients. In my last position I developed lots of new skills working on a project that I had very little experience on. Because I learn’t a lot of new skills quickly its hard to remember all the steps I took to complete  the task. However, after taking a break from the project for a few days it was like starting all over again and it would take me a bit longer to get into the swing of the project. I finished this project two weeks ago and even though I said I was going to write up the steps involved in the project I haven’t done it yet. I will do it but by letting so much time go before reflecting on the project it will make the task more difficult. As it was pointed out in the Thing 17 post, like most people I learn by doing and In my personal case oral reflection works best for me but there are sometimes when you just have to write it down for it to really sink in.

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Thing 11 – Reflective Practice

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Reflections from the Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin

I haven’t been doing a very good job at keeping on top of all the Rudai 23 Things as life always gets in the way. When the course started back in July I was halfway through the final requirement for the Masters in Library and Information Studies at UCD and working full time. I finally got started with Thing 1 at the end of August and have been doing chunks here and there. However, life is starting to slow down a bit so over the next two weeks I’ve made a plan to focus on Rudai 23 and finish everything by the end of next week.

I looked over all the tasks and made notes in my diary as to which tasks I will tackle. Some days I put in more than one task to complete so that will be a busy day. Even though I am new to the LIS profession I attended a lot of professional development events while working as a teacher. Thus most of the upcoming tasks will take less time to complete than the previous more techie tasks.

I am doing the course alone, I know a few others doing it but because I was going at my own pace I haven’t been able to follow their progress. I’m sure most people are closer to the end than I am at this stage, the only advice I can give is to go at your own pace. If you try to keep up with everyone else but don’t have much free time then you will just get stressed out and not get the full benefit of the course.  Thing 9 probably took me the longest amount of time to complete as it was my first time to make a video for CPD but thing 10 and 11 were easier so I took a break for a while from it and started to write drafts for those posts. When I was happy with the video I published all the draft posts I had been working on. I found making a plan in my diary for the rest of the tasks really helped me to keep track of what I have to do and made the prospect of completing the final tasks more realistic.

Good luck to anyone still catching up 🙂

Thing 6 – Reflective Practice

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Reflections in Pisa, Italy

I’m a big fan of reflective practice and even though I have been using it a lot for professional purposes I still find it difficult to do especially when its in a public space like a blog. 

Its  September and I’m only on Thing 6 but this has been one of my favourite challenges so far. I’ve had a really busy summer and wasn’t able to start going through the things until recently so I was feeling a bit stressed about being so far behind. However, when I looked at a few other blogs I realised that I’m not the only one and a few people have just done thing 1 so far. This made me realise that its ok not to stress about keeping up and that I can work at my own pace.

Another thing some people mentioned in Thing 6 was that some blogs were really impressive and had features that I couldn’t find. When I first started blogging about Rudaí things it was useful to see what other people had written but more importantly it helped me to gauge how long my blog posts should be and what kind of information to include.

Best of luck everyone 🙂