The practice of journal writing or blogging if you are using the web, provides an opportunity to acknowledge what you have learned and how you will continue to challenge yourself. In this programme you are encouraged to use the web form of journal writing which allows you to share your thoughts with others. Writing a journal is an important part of reflection, especially in adult education. Adults learn best and have better retention when they consciously take time to reflect on their learning. Your blog will also help you to trace changes in your thinking over time. Writing informs the thinking and is an important aspect of developing your reflective practice. Also, writing enables you to capture ideas that you can use in the future. Just as others may learn from your reflections, so you may learn from those of fellow students. Note that you can deny access to others thoughts that you need to keep private, but you are encouraged to share as much of your journal as possible to enrich the learning environment.
Sign up for a Warwick blog. Click on this link and then click on the sign up for a Warwick blog at the top left of the page.
After you have sign up for a blog there will be a link to your blog on the MBE homepage. Alternatively, click here to see the blogs of people who are in the same groups as you.
Try to make entries daily, preferably at a regular time so that it becomes part of your daily routine.
Each day consider what you have learned, why it is important, and how you will apply what you have learned.
This is the basis for your reflections; include all three elements.
Do not miss making an entry because you cannot write up every detail that you think is necessary. It is better to write up most of your entry rather than risk never returning to start a reflective entry days later.
If you are stuck on a particular entry, write whatever comes to mind and move on. Later re-read your entry and reflect on why you were stuck - another opportunity for learning.
Reflect on what you have learnt during the day, noting why it is important to you, and how you may incorporate this learning into your professional practice.
Please do not be self-conscious about your English writing skills! The blog is the place to share your thoughts and understanding, not to produce faultless English essays.
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