End of Year Reflection: 5 Questions For Educators
Developing habits of continual growth and improvement requires self-reflection. As we as individuals, staffs, and organizations reflect on our actions, we gain important information about the efficacy of our thinking. These experiences let us practice the habit of continual growth through reflection.
- Art Costa and Bena Kallick, Educational Leadership - April 2000
As we end 2017, take a moment to reflect. The lessons in our lives come from students, families, a lesson that did not go as planned, meetings with our grade level team, and Twitter chats. Reflection allows us to look in the mirror to determine which lessons will propel us into 2018! The questions below can be used for individual reflection or with a team of teachers. While there is nothing magical about the questions, the answers could be life changing.
What were your Aha! Moments in 2017?
How will you reduce the noise in your professional life so you can focus on your priorities?
Who will push you to achieve your professional goals in 2018?
What would you change or revise if you were given a second opportunity?
What are 2-3 areas in your professional life that you will recommit to in 2018?
What is so wildly important that we must address next year? “So, to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever that is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we are chasing to that I say amen” (Matthew McConaughey, 86th Oscars Acceptance Speech). Students depend on us and continuous improvement will support teaching and learning. Wishing you the best in 2018 and beyond!