There are times when I finish reading a book that I take a moment to reflect on what I have read: how would I have reacted in that situation? What would have caused the character to react in that way? How can I implement what I have learned in my own life.
Reflection is what I find I am doing as I am nearing the end of the current book I am reading: The Language of Art by Ann Pelo. I find myself thinking about how I can change my teaching practice to incorporate the ideas I have read in the book. While reading the book, I gained, as well, a glimmer of understanding of how to implement the inquiry-based learning that the Ontario Ministry of Education wants us to implement in our classrooms. I have seen, through the example that Pelo gives, that it is possible for the children to learn academic knowledge through play and from the questions they ask that stems from their natural curiosity. The example she gives starts with the curiosity of a group of children who ask “Why do leaves change colour?” By the end of the school year, they realise that the change is based on seasonal temperatures; and they have discovered the life cycle of the leaf.
For me, reflection is a part of reading: whether I am reading fiction or non-fiction. Often it happens while I am reading the text; but it also happens once I have read the last page.
Do you take time to reflect on what you have read?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013