In their article, Hatton and Smith (1995) indicated that there are four levels of teacher reflective work: descriptive writing, descriptive reflection, dialogic reflection, and critical reflection. Think about how you use each of these levels of reflection in your daily practice, with a focus on personal and professional dispositions or attitudes toward teaching in your educational setting.
Provide a brief example of how each level of reflection could be applied to your work. Think about times when you would use each level in reflecting on your practice.
Which of these levels do you believe is “where you mostly live”? In other words, at which level do you typically reflect on your own practice?
How could moving up a level in reflection or mixing levels of reflection help improve your practice?
Learning portfolios can be used for a variety of reasons: to promote reflection on learning and practice, to document mastery of learning goals, and to showcase exemplary work. You are encouraged to use an online portfolio during your program at Capella for all of those reasons. For this discussion, respond to these prompts:
How might an online portfolio have application in your own educational setting?
What are interesting or surprising findings you discovered in your exploration about the use of online portfolios? Are there any links to resources you think your peers would be interested in?