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Title:
Becoming a reflective librarian and teacher : strategies for mindful academic practice
ISBN:
9780838915295
Publication:
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2017.
Physical Description:
xiv, 124 pages ; 23 cm
Contents:
Becoming reflective -- Teach what you know -- Reflective practice as intentional practice -- The way to do is to begin -- The cycles of reflection -- The role of the journal in reflection -- Reflection that accentuates the positive -- Reflective practice with colleagues -- Reflection in the classroom -- Professional autobiographical reflection.
Abstract:
In our society we are called upon to fill many roles-- and are increasingly called upon to bifurcate our experiences. Unfortunately we do not have a switch so that we can turn off our personal issues while at work, or our professional issues at home. Reale feels that reflection as both a personal and pedagogical practices has become more important. Her guide is intended to provide a start on your journey toward reflection, as a librarian and a teacher.

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Summary:
In our society we are called upon to fill many roles-- and are increasingly called upon to bifurcate our experiences. Unfortunately we do not have a switch so that we can turn off our personal issues while at work, or our professional issues at home. Reale feels that reflection as both a personal and pedagogical practices has become more important. Her guide is intended to provide a start on your journey toward reflection, as a librarian and a teacher.

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Library Journal Review

Beginning with the premise that teachers, and especially librarians, can benefit by incorporating reflection into their daily practices, Reale (access svcs. and outreach librarian, Arcadia Univ.) makes the case that reflection is the basis of critical pedagogy. A quote by educator and philosopher Maxine Greene summarizes the book: "Without the ability to think about yourself, to reflect on your life, there's really no awareness, no consciousness...." The focus is on engaging in reflective learning and modeling that behavior for our students. Reale outlines three processes of reflective practice: "making the time for reflection, becoming a perpetual problem-solver, and questioning the status quo." Chapters include using journals in reflection, the cycle of contemplation, and strategies to model and promote in the classroom. The "final thoughts" section and list of strategies that end each chapter provide helpful tools on ways to implement the techniques offered throughout. VERDICT Recommended for teachers and librarians as an impetus to lead a more reflective professional life.-Karen Venturella Malnati, Union Cty. Coll. Libs, Cranford, NJ © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.