Stimulating Reflective Practice
A mirror reflects - it can show us what we look like - as others see us. Correct? No. We see what we look like in relation to the quality of the mirror surface. Where there are flaws our image is distorted. The reflection is only as
the mirror surface will allow. Even from a good-quality mirror, the image is reversed. If we transfer this metaphor to mentoring it leads us to understand that where a mentor reflects back a novice's teaching in a lesson this reflection ofpractice can only be as faithful as the sensitivity and perception of the mentor wdl allow. Similarly if we are using ourselves as the mirror to examine our own actions, the quality of our reflections is again determined by our ability to reflect. Flaws and prejudices distort the image.