Assumptions and Beliefs
According to Lynn Fendler, a major criticism of reflection is "the degree to which [it] serves to reinforce existing beliefs rather than challenge assumptions." One way to avoid this is to make a list of the assumptions and beliefs prior to reflecting so that they are front and center.
Here are some of my assumptions and beliefs
I believe that all children are born with a desire to learn.
I believe that most children lose this desire to learn through poor or regimented instruction
Children learn what they live
Learning must be active
The mind can only learn if the body is cared for.
Potential is a product of belief