Week Two

This is the second week, Simon Young presented an amazing presentation about how to create a meaningful and organizinged reflection. I will use this week two reflection as an trail or example to demonstrate his techniques. 

1. The Task

The task for this particutal reflection contain two parts, namely weekly journal and a 5 minutes record video.

2. What is reflecion and the purpose of it

Three aspects of relection

The easy defination of "Reflection" is to answer yourself a series of Deliberately and Analytically questions, such as:

    • What happened (Experience)
    • How you felt, what is your thought (Reflection)
    • What you did  (Reflection)
    • What worked & did not work (Why?)
    • What Next (Action)      

Breakdown the processes, two critical points I would like to talk more about them, in which are 

1. Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning
2. Different levels of thinking

The purpose of this reflection is to help us understand the principles we learned (or experienced), review, and record our entrepreneurial journey from the digital start-up class. I very much agree with this teaching style, and it reminds me of the cognitive learning theory I learned from psychology class, where humans learn new skills through continuous repetition. I truly believe that we could obtain more solid knowledge and keep strengthening it through our entrepreneurial journey. (The above is my experience and partial reflections, however, did it work? I do not know the answer but we will see more in the following weeks.)

3. Differences and Similarities to Traditional Academic Assignments

I studied Economics in my undergraduate study and most of the knowledge I learned was fixed equations and theories and involved only a few critical thinking (more about understanding the principle, not expanding on it). Although both these two assignment styles analyze experiences in a structured and systematic way, the reflection focuses more on the process, not all about the final results, and is inherently personal and subjective. I am not one hundred percent confident with being personal and subjective since these could result in some bias in academic settings. However, learning to become an entrepreneur could be different from being an academic learner. 

4. How to Reflect

This could be the most important part of the whole presentation. 

In this process, Simon intruduced three reflective frameworks - STAR, Kolb and Gibbs. I am glad that I have come to a basic understanding about the concept of STAR since it is a common method that often used in interviews and resumes. I will apply STAR method on my future reflections. 

  • Situation
  • Task
  • Action
  • Result

5. Video Presenting

  • Sit up straight
  • Breathe regularly and more deeply
  • Slow down
  • Look at the camera
  • Talk to your viewers (don't just read aloud to them)
  • Record yourself and analyse your performance
  • Practise, practise, practise…
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