Dearest 2013 cohort,
Well done for still being alive. I’m sure RJA is the last thing you want to think about, so I am going to attempt to give you a bare bones structure which will get you a pretty decent mark and allow you to maximise half term sleep.
I think the title’s changed slightly this year, but this is the rough structure I used last year when it was about behaviour management.
Behaviour’s dead important. A reference or two, like Steer and Charlie Taylor.
I’m going to reflect on my behaviour management because reflection’s dead important. A reference or two, like Hattie.
I’m going to use Kolb. Kolb’s model is the following: [explanation]. What’s great about Kolb is X and Y. However, Z is bad. It could be improved in this way. Criticality criticality criticality. And a final sentence saying I’m going to use Kolb anyway (or that I’m going to use it with X amendment because I AM A DEMIGOD who wants top marks).
Looking at my [post-hoc conveniently doctored journal], a consistent theme has been [consistency of sanctions/positive behaviour management/some other theme that comes up in the literature]. This will form the basis of my key reflections in this essay.
A key/recurring/seminal experience has been [my year 9s refusing to be quiet/the low effort put into written work/pupils being rude to one another]. I reflected on this after it happened. Reference to photo of relevant reflection in appendix.
I’m reflecting on this using Kolb. Here’s a picture of Kolb’s cycle I’ve annotated with reference to this experience [they really love the annotated pic of the cycle].
Details about what I thought about this experience, which involve more references to literature and less swearing than my genuine thoughts. Two or three paragraphs about the two/three main insights I gained from this reflection. Each of these paragraphs makes a point about what I’ve learnt; then refers to my own real experience and my journal; then refers to multiple sources of literature; applies literature to my experience; evaluates and critiques with reference to any opposing views or glaring holes in my arguments; and finishes with a sentence that may be more nuanced than the first sentence in my paragraph, but certainly doesn’t contradict.
Rinse and repeat this paragraph for other insights from this experience.
Now a paragraph about how I’ve changed my practice as a result.
Here’s a quick conclusion about how [consistency is important/whatever my theme is]
Here’s another related behaviour issue I’ve been having. I’m going to repeat the above section here.
If you’ve still got some words spare, stick in another one.
In this essay I have cogently argued that the theme I chose was key to the bad behaviour I’ve been experiencing. If only I displayed my sanctions like Charlie Taylor told me to, it would all have been fine.
This is what I’m going to change as a result. Reference to my action plan [definitely do an action plan; easy marks].
Finally I’m going to consider how useful this assignment and model has been for my practice. I’m going to say that whilst it has been SO useful I think it would have been even better if I’d used Brookfield’s model because it considers a wider range of sources of learning such as colleagues [this sets you up nicely for RJA2].
Journal photos, journal photos, journal photos.
An action plan.