In Filipino, “to reflect” means “pagninilay.” We usually define “pagninilay” as deep thinking and analysis of what is happening in our lives or what our situation is. How many times have we reflected on our lives especially during the Lenten season or on our birthdays? How many times have we been advised to reflect on our lives after we have committed a mistake? Deep thinking was also my first thought when asked about what reflection means in Module 1. I thought about reflection as the image we see when we look into the mirror. We look into the mirror to see our reflection and find out if there is something wrong with our appearance. To relate it to our personal lives, we reflect and see which direction our life is going through.
After studying the reading materials in the Module, I realized that I was lacking knowledge about reflection. There is more to reflection than deep thinking. What is it? ACTION. Reflecting will not mean a thing if we do not act, if we do not do anything about what we have reflected on. We reflect about our lives. We analyze what is wrong. But does it end there? No. The next step is to do something about it. What should you do to improve? What should you do to make it better? What should you do next?
When it comes to teaching practices, I realized the importance of reflective teaching. Teachers reflect while teaching. At the moment they are teaching, they observe the students and the class. Teachers ask themselves if what they are doing at the moment effective. Then the teachers adjust the teaching style or strategy based on the reaction of the students. At the end of the day, teachers have to reflect further on what happened in the classes the whole day. Was the lesson relevant? Was the teacher effective in teaching? Was the implementation of the lesson interesting? Teachers reflect and make plans to improve for the next day. Reflective teaching becomes a cycle. Teachers reflect actively to improve every day. Because teachers do it every day, reflective teaching comes naturally to effective teachers.