Well this week took us all by shock...we had been seeing steady improvements week by week and were all starting to pick up confidence in our respective roles and then BAM, seeing the results of this week's rollover we were stumped. HOW had we managed to go backwards?? This major deviation from our (what we thought was a) well thought strategy has lead me to think that this week's readings couldn't have come at a better time.
The idea of reflection is one that we have incorporated since week 1. The first meeting of every week that we have is us reflecting back on the decisions and choices we had made the week previously and how they have worked in us achieving our goals. We have taken what Synnot (2013) describes as the traditional approach to reflection by taking a step back and looking objectively at what we have done. This has worked up until now however as we have been doing relatively well our reflection ends up just being us sitting their praising ourselves for the good work that we have done. That however, is not going to be possible next week. This time we will need to a lot more critical on how we reflect upon our decision making.
A lot of the time when we make our decisions we base them on "guess-timates" in a hope of achieving what we have talked about and thus when we go back and talk about why we chose them the week after, we don't really have much to reflect upon other than saying yay that worked out or bugger next time. While we have a broad goal/strategy each week it seems to change or we lose focus of it when we come up with a novel idea. This makes reflection difficult because while we think we are working towards a structured long term goal, a lot of the time it is just us achieving what we have hoped for the next rollover.
I think that for us to be able to improve our reflection process we need to undertake more double loop learning, where we think deeper about the goals that we are trying to achieve and how best that we can get there, through challenging our assumptions and ideas behind our goals (Synnot, 2013). To do this we need to put down in paper our final long term goals, and then weekly what we hope to do to achieve these. This way we can then sit down and look at what it was we wanted to achieve, what we have actually achieved and then challenging the assumptions that we made about getting there and how we can improve.
Synnott, M. (2013). Reflection and double loop learning: The case of HS2. Teaching Public Administration, 31(1), 124--134. doi:10.1177/0144739413479950