Fall 2021 - EDUC 252 E100

Introduction to Reflective Practice (4)

Class Number: 7779

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    SRYC 3040, Surrey

  • Instructor:

    Michelle Pidgeon
    1 778 782-8609



Provides opportunities for prospective educators to begin their development as reflective practitioners. Through readings, classroom activities and discussions, and interactions with students and practicing teachers, students will be exposed to various educational issues and questions. They will be given time to explore their own values and beliefs about education and teaching. Time may be spent observing in a selection of educational settings, and there may be opportunities to work with learners individually, and in small and large groups. Students enrolled in or with credit for EDUC 401, 402, 403 or holding a teaching certificate may not take this course for credit.


The purpose of this course is to critically explore the relationship between reflective theory and practice, as a prospective Indigenous educators and reflective practitioners in the context of BC K-12 education, particularly Indigenous education. Additionally, this course will support gaining skills and knolwedge that wholistically supports you as a university-student. The goals of this course will be three-fold: knowledge acquisition, self-reflection, and application to practice. As Indigneous students enrolled in a university-level course and prospective educators, we lead through our pedagogy and practice in and outside the classroom, and as such, we will engage in culturally informed modes of self-reflection to better understand ourselves as prospective educators along with our values and beliefs about education and teaching to enact systemic change for the betterment of Indigenous students, families, and communities.


a) Develop your understanding of various historical and emerging tenets of reflective practice in relation to BC education, particularly Indigenous education.
b) Gain an appreciation for and insight into the concepts of reflective skills and styles that resonate with you as an Indigenous learner

a) To develop an awareness of your personal approaches to reflective practice
b) To share and contrast your reflective practices with colleagues through various modes of learning (e.g., sharing circles, in-class activities, listening and learning with guest speakers)
c) To reflect on areas of strengths and weaknesses in your own reflective practice

Application to practice:
a) To construct a useful set of reflective practice skills to assist you in addressing complex issues in education.
b) To develop and improve your ability to a reflective practitioner in your own context


  • In-class and online participation (class attendance is required*) 20%
  • Reflective Portfolio 50%
  • Reflection in Action –~ Team Project + Presentation 30%


There is no final exam for this course.

Grading and assignments are subject to change with class concensus.


In-class attendance is required* (*exceptions such as illness and/or personal emergencies are considered as along as the student communicates with the instructor)



Students should come prepared to class with the materials they need for learning (e.g., laptop, wifi-enable devices), paper, pens. Think about also bringing snacks and a water bottle to ensure you are taking care of yourself during class.


All course readings will be assigned via CANVAS and made available for free via SFU Library.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.