What is RoP?
Reflecting on Practice is a professional learning program meticulously designed to build participants’ understanding of, experiences with, and integration of best practices in informal science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning environments.
It is devised for institutions to implement with their own staff and volunteers, at their own pace. This program is not intended as a blueprint for how to teach. Reflecting on Practice is an opportunity for practitioners of all levels of experience to learn from one another, develop a shared language to support learning, and exchange ideas on their practice.
The goal of the program is to advance the informal STEM education field by cultivating communities of learners among its professionals. The program has three primary objectives:
- To build shared language and understanding among professionals by relating research to practice.
- To engage practitioners in habits of reflection, including observing their own teaching, as a means to develop their practice and make it public.
- To nurture a tradition of continued professional learning among participants, and thereby build a professional learning community.