Some people may regard reflection as a waste of time, but nothing could be further from the truth. You may be a person who doesn’t naturally engage in reflection. You may think it seems like too much work and an inefficient way of using your time. If so, I’d like to disabuse you of that notion and invite you to make thoughtful reflection a personal habit that you engage in regularly throughout your mentoring relationship. It may feel awkward at first, but it is well worth the effort.
According to my colleague Bruce Barnett and his coauthors, who wrote about reflection in their 2004 book, Reflective Practice: The Cornerstone for School Improvement, “the meaning of reflection and its value are rarely ...

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