How useful is reflection

Reflection is derived from the Latin reflexio = bending back and means an active activity that aims at thinking and discussing teaching and learning processes. Reflection represents an essential basis for problem-solving skills in professional action.

The (self-) reflection deals with questions like “How do I react to something?” Or “What does my behavior mean?”. Self-reflection is therefore a self-observation of one's own behavior. Instead of reacting impulsively to what is perceived, reflection trains self-perception, which in turn can be very useful for your professional future and your own way of life.

How does (self-) reflection work?

Reflection takes time! In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you can hardly find the necessary peace and quiet for self-reflection.

Rest and relaxation are the key to successful self-reflection.

For an action to become a routine, it takes time - according to researchers, up to 21 days. Fixed habits and daily practice help.

Taking a look at one's feelings and perceptions and taking them seriously is an essential aspect of (self-) reflection.

Self-reflection means getting to know yourself, finding out who you really are. But you should not only perceive negative things about yourself.

Team reflection is an effective tool to improve teamwork. The team members deliberately deal with their experiences in teamwork. They discuss and evaluate these and adjust them if necessary.

What is the benefit of team reflection?

  • Maximize communication and coordination within a team
  • Satisfaction and cohesion
  • Higher performance and creativity - through reflection, the team members exchange ideas about various approaches and coordinate them with one another, which leads to an increase in performance.

Steps of team reflection

  1. Description of specific situations

What happened? How was it traded? Why did we act like this? - This step is only about collecting challenging situations without evaluating them.

  1. Root cause analysis

What were we satisfied with? With what not? What could we influence? - this step helps to find alternative courses of action.

  1. Solution finding

What could you have done instead? What impact would that have had? - these are the central questions that should be asked in the phase of finding a solution.

  1. Lessons learned

What does the team take with them for the future? What stumbling blocks could arise? How can you deal with it? - The penultimate step is about what the team has learned from the team reflection and what it has learned about their cooperation.

  1. implementation

The final phase of a team reflection is about implementing the lessons learned. Dates should be agreed for this in order to document the progress of implementation:

What has already been implemented? What's not going so well? How can we deal with obstacles?