A reflection template based on Parker Palmer’s “There is a season”

Use this reflection template whenever you are ready to pause and take stock before proceeding either: from one phase to another; on from an activity or event; into dialogue with others; or at a branch point when choosing an activity or path to pursue. Copy the template page or print it out, then for each of the items, note “plus-delta”—one thing you did well during the phase/activity/event and one thing that could be developed further next time.http://ptaylor.wikispaces.umb.edu/PalmerSeasons

Reference: Palmer, P. J. (2000). “There is a season,” p. 95-109 in Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass.

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About Peter J. Taylor
Peter Taylor is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he teaches and directs undergraduate and graduate programs on critical thinking, reflective practice, and science-in-society. His research and writing focuses on the complexity of environmental and health sciences in their social context, incl. Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement (U. Chicago Press, 2005) and Nature-nurture? No (2014, http://bit.ly/NNN2014). On reflective practice, see Taking Yourself Seriously: Processes of Research & Engagement (with J. Szteiter, 2012, http://bit.ly/TYS2012).

One Response to A reflection template based on Parker Palmer’s “There is a season”

  1. Teryl Cartwright says:

    Thank you! I’ve shared your post and template with my ten day CE group as sort of a postscript for them. The CE was on call and I had an interesting time getting them to figure out where they were, where they felt they were headed/needed to be and the next steps and explorations to get there. (It was a guided/modified CE since they were either stuck, confused or overwhelmed by their “what’s next?” and had needed activities to get discussions going and to build connections upon each day.)
    I got to share the template with my daughter this afternoon too and will pass it along to my son (along with Palmer’s book) because he’s getting ready for some big transitions in life now that he also has focused direction on what’s next for him. Grateful for your help and will of course use the template myself as well since you no doubt appreciate the humorous irony of me leading others into their calling while still working on my own!

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