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June 16, 2008

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Michele (and Gretchen) -
Wow! A week or so ago, we spent time with a group of consultants, crafting the Consultants Curriculum for the Community-Driven Institute. And at that time, we repeatedly came back to the need for the curriculum to include space and time for reflection.

We talked about verbal reflection, and about journaling. But this - this is brilliant! We will absolutely be incorporating this wonderful idea into our bag of tricks (with full credit where it is due, for sure!)

I always learn something great here, Michele, even when I do not have time to comment. Thank you so much for providing such a HUGE service to all of us!

Hildy
www.HildyGottlieb.com

This is an inspiring idea. I am going to try and implement this for my personal journal.

Of course, I can also see this as a great family activity and one that also has merits for the work place.

Hi, Michele
I miss you.
thank you for the splendid ideas shared in your post.
As I wondered about how to write a new post, ideas swirling in disorder all over the place of my imagination, I discovered, when reading your suggestions for one sentence journal, that they were playing the role of "frames" or "guidelines" to discipline my restless thoughts and enable them "to pour into" words.
And I found new great tips for my blogging students, too. Thank you!
Ines

Tēnā koe Michele!

This is a splendid way to do reflecting as you suggest. Many years ago I took an interest in poetry. Later I decided to write a bit and looked around for advice.

I attended poetry readings and meetings of writers and found that most people who wrote poetry kept a 'one sentence journal'. Oh, they didn't call it that, but essentially that's what it was. The famous poets all did it too. The power of reflecting has been known by writers for centuries.

I didn't write a single line of verse until I started my 'one sentence journal'. Last year I got my third collection of verse published - the first was in 1992.

I have a rule that I never delete (rub out) anything from my journal. I might amend things and even cross them out, but never delete them.

I dare say that inventors and their ilk might use the same technique of keeping a journal like this. It can be applied to any discipline.

But the one sentence journal is the initial drawing board for development. The next part of the technique of reflective practice is to do with what you do with the 'sentences'.

How do you reflect on what you have written?

What do you do with the reflective thought apart from writing other single sentences in the journal?

Ka kite

Thanks for this great idea, Michele and Gretchen. I have started a Tumblr page just for this and plan to share it with teachers at the Alabama Educational Technology Conference this Thursday as part of my Tumblr workshop.

I like the idea of microblogging as an introduction to reflection on professional practice because it is so doable. For many newbies, this approach is much easier than starting a full-fledged blog.

Dear Michele,

Inspiring for professional development, personal projects, or family fun. In fact, this is perfect for my healthy living project that I blogged about some days ago in my personal blog, but haven't had time to keep my reflections up-to-date. With one sentence it's totally doable!

Thanks for the always invaluable tips that you share here.

WOW--this one really hit a nerve! :-) It seems like the one-sentence idea is really attractive for its manageability for all of us time-starved professionals!

I think Ken brings up an excellent point about what you do later with your one-sentence reflections. That might be a good follow-up post.

Thanks, everyone, for your great feedback. I'm thinking that maybe I need to find some more ideas like this, kind of the "One Minute Manager" approach to professional development.

I really like this idea. I keep remembering it and smiling!

Michele,

I thought you might want to know how viral this post of yours has been.

Take a look at this Diigo discussion.

I've started mine!

@Robin--I could definitely see this being right up your alley! :-)

@Carla-the link didn't work--could you try again?

Great idea! I plan on doing this with my tumblr account each day.

I'm a little behind with everything right now, but I am accepting this challenge. An d what a challenge it will be. First I thought about using vieo - just got a tweet about this new tool: http://12seconds.tv/ , but then I thought thta was just an excuse not to keep this challenge for long as I am not a video person.
So I decided for a tumblr blog. To make it more difficult I will be twittering a sentence a day in German - It's been year now since I did something in German - I hope not to ruin the language - but it will be a good practice in all senses.

Like Carla said - your posts are really viral. And I am glad they are! :-)

Glad you're going to try this out, Cristina--you might also want to think about Posterous. You can blog through email with it, which might be even easier!

This sounds great and I think I can have my students get on board with this idea.

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