Reflective Practice: Action-Based Skills For Personal & Professional Development

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The registration fee includes institutional access to the recording for one year.

A recent faculty study (2012) by the Higher Education Research Institute found the following stressors: 85% of faculty experienced disconnects due to self-imposed high expectations, 83% due to a lack of personal time, and 63% due to teaching load. This is a critical first step in reflective practice: being aware of what is happening in our personal and professional lives. But we need to help our entire campus community to move from awareness to action.

Often we move from one experience to another without appropriate observation, analysis, and evaluation. Critical reflection refers to an activity or process in which an experience is recalled, considered, and evaluated, usually in relation to a broader purpose.

This interactive session examines the benefits of critical reflection as it relates to professional development and personal resilience. Participants will have a chance to identify their bright spots and not-so-bright spots when it comes to areas such as teaching, learning, advising, collegial collaboration and personal development. In short: What IS working and what is NOT working?

Regardless of our job description, our continued effectiveness depends on a three-stage (outcome) process:

  •     Raising Awareness about what we do
  •     Challenging Assumptions about why we continue to do what we do
  •     Creating an Action plan to strengthen our professional and personal lives

In short, we need to understand the HOW of what we do (the strategies and techniques) and the WHY we do WHAT we do.

This webinar will help participants examine their sense of self-efficacy on campus and in life by applying the three specific areas noted above (Awareness, Assumptions, and Action) to their current lives.

When we reflect on our actions (which requires information gathering and recognition of assumptions) we have a better chance of seeing the contradictions in our work. By pushing ourselves to the outer edges of our abilities, we have a better chance to create intentional growth. If not, we doom ourselves to accidental grow that best.

By examining the questions of what am I doing, how and why am I doing it, how effective am I, and how can I improve? this webinar will empower participants to implement reflective practice in their own lives and at their respective institutions.

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When 82% of faculty experience stress due to lack of personal time and 63% say their teaching loads create stress, we have to take notice. Strategic reflective practice leads to growth and self-efficacy. We encourage our students to do this but how often do we provide ourselves the luxury of reflective time to review what and why we do what we do? Coyle (The Talent Code) states, With deep practice you start slowly stop, think, start again. And so, too, is reflective practice a slow process. Behavioral change doesn't come from an expert telling us what to do but, rather, from us recognizing that something isn't quite right with what we are doing. We have to see it, feel it, sense it, and reflect on it.

Critical reflection focuses on adult educators as inquirers into their own, and others, practice. In a way, we move from being the actor, to being the audience and, finally, to being our own the critic. We take control of your own feedback and professional growth. Reflective practice is best done in a collaborative environment (Osterman & Kottkamp) that provides opportunity for multiple feedback loops.

When we reflect on our actions (which requires information gathering and recognition of assumptions) we have a better chance of seeing the contradictions in our work. By pushing ourselves to the outer edges of our abilities we have a better chance to create intentional growth. If not, we doom ourselves to accidental grow that best.

  • Understand what reflective practice is and what it is not
  • Identify what they currently do to raise their awareness (feedback) about what they do for professional growth and personal resilience
  • Examine options to create their own game film ways in which they can examine what they do currently for growth and resilience
  • Examine the assumptions (the why) behind what they do for growth and resilience
  • Identify an appropriate course of action (a goal), based on their awareness and assumptions, for their professional growth and personal resilience
  • 2 & 4-year, public and private institutions
  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Faculty (2-year & 4-year)
  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about personal & professional development
"Socrates boldly stated, The unexamined life is not worth living. We encourage our students to reflect, think critically, and take action but how often do we take time to reflect on our own professional growth and personal resilience? Learn how to take control of your own feedback, growth, and well-being."

Steve Piscitelli is a recognized teacher, author and workshop facilitator.

Steve draws on his (33) years of classroom and professional development experience to connect with his audience on a practical level. Recently “retired” from Florida State College at Jacksonville, he remains actively involved with faculty and administrator training across the nation. Additionally, he writes a weekly blog and produces a monthly podcast channel, both of which address the topics of growth and resilience.

He recently released his eleventh book, Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, which encourages educators to embrace the power of collaboration. Thirty-seven scenarios—based on real educational issues—bring The Seven Rs of Success to life.


Steve has written two student success books (both in their 3rd edition with Pearson Education). The University of Texas/NISOD has published four of his articles addressing the principles of teaching and learning success.

In 2015, Florida State College at Jacksonville named Steve as one of the "Fabulous 50." Nominated by students, this recognition honored "talented and dedicated faculty and staff.” Steve also received special recognition from Jacksonville University with the addition of his name to the list of "Alumni You Ought to Know."

In 2014, Steve delivered a TEDx talk: “Awareness, Assumptions and Actions: Why Do You Do What You Do?”

Steve lives the mantra that “Life is too short to associate with negative people, pessimistic attitudes, and ‘breaking news’ alerts.” He and his wife of more than forty years, Laurie, along with his canine companion, Roxie, live in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

For more information and resources, please visit www.stevepiscitelli.com.

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