Reflection in Action


A practical tool for critical reflection

This resource will guide you and/or your team through critical reflection. Reflection in Action is ideal for teams preparing for Assessment and Rating, or looking to extend on their current reflection skills. It assists the user in making meaningful observations, as individuals or groups, through a simple process to create positive practice change.

Able to be used again and again, this resource can be used for the simplest of conversations, or for ongoing projects. Use it as a team, or with the children in your service!

The resource includes:

  • An introductory and instructional pamphlet
  • 5 stones that act as lenses through which you consider your reflections
  • 40 Resource Cards featuring images, questions and provocations
  • 10 Lead Cards to guide you to deeper reflection
  • A folding whiteboard to record your reflections, and use again 

What’s the story? The Workforce Council has been delivering professional development and support to children’s services for many years now, with a strong focus on building networks and empowering educators and services in sustainable ways.  One mode of building these networks and providing rich professional development is through Action Research projects. One of our Action Research projects explored what Sustainability might mean for twelve ECEC and SAC services in North West Queensland.

This toolkit is inspired by, and draws from, the stories and key learnings that came out of this project. Through their work on exploring what Sustainability might mean in the Outback, these services, educators and mentors began to appreciate the need for Connection with other services and professionals, especially when you are remote.  As educators began to network and share their journeys the value of Conversations were a key characteristic and a real driver of learning and reflection.  As the services shared with each other, and with us, we all began to appreciate just how important Acknowledgment is, and how rare it can be to have your work valued and listened to in remote locations with few visitors.  Above all, the presence of the landscape but also its history and its first and later peoples and the challenges they continue to face reminded us all of the meaning and importance of respecting and acknowledging Country. The images and ideas used in this reflective resource are drawn from this Action Research project.

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