The purpose of presenting artifacts accompanied by a reflective piece is to help teachers to reflect on past practice and to grow and transition through their teaching careers. It is a key way to demonstrate thoughtful progress and insight over time, and offers a connection between real life practice and theories of education. The aim of creating such entries is to help new teachers develop their identity as a teacher and provide a strong foundation for professional growth. The ultimate desired outcome is that personal reflection and goal setting will ultimately help teachers develop stronger tools to improve student learning.
Without reflecting on our experiences we do not necessarily learn from our mistakes. This reflection process is key in identifying areas of improvement, for teachers to re-evaluate their own practice and implement constructive changes.