The Little Book of Reflective Practice is bursting with big ideas which will encourage you to be curious, reflective and courageous in your professional learning journey. It introduces the key reflective theories alongside case studies from educators to show how these can be applied to improve practice.

The journey from being to thriving is set out in several chapters each providing different themes which will encourage you to capture your reflections, record your learning and development and apply theories of reflection to your professional practice. Full of practical guidance, activities and questions to prompt reflective thinking, the chapters cover:

  • getting started
  • how to write reflectively
  • creating spaces to be reflective
  • using reflective practice to set targets for your learning and professional development

Spaces for capturing your reflective thoughts and reflective activities are provided througout, alongside sections where you may wish to stop and engage in deeper thinking. This book will be invaluable reading for early years practitioners, tutors and early years students on level 3 courses and Foundation Degrees.


Chapter 1 – Being Me

Theme 1a Courage

Theme 1b - Be More Lion

Theme 1c – Me in a Box

Theme 1d – The Rainbow Educator

Chapter 2 – Spreading Your Wings: Reflective Writing

Theme 2a - Barriers to Reflection

Theme 2b – Creating Reflective Spaces

Theme 2c - The Pocketbook Mirror

Theme 2d – What is Reflective Writing?

Theme 2e – The Ripples of Reflection

Theme 2f – I do not have the time to think!

Chapter 3 – Ponder and Pause a While in the Gallery of Theorists

Theme 3a - Brookfield

Theme 3b - Schon

Theme 3c – Gibbs

Theme 3d – Kolb

Theme 3e - Boud, Keogh and Walker

Theme 3f - Johari Window

Theme 3g -The Theory Tree

Theme 3h- Theory and Practice

Chapter 4 – Belonging and Thriving

Theme 4a - Reflecting With Others

Theme 4b- The Reflective Buddy

Theme 4c - Reflective Conversations: The Seven Steps to Reflective Success

Theme 4d - Finding Your Ikigai

Theme 4e – SWOT Analysis

Theme 4f – Feedback and Developmental Needs

Adjectives to Support the Reflective Activities