As the year comes to an end, the planning for the next year has already begun. Teachers are thinking about what supplies they want for their classrooms. Students are selecting electives and planning their schedule. I wonder how often we take time to reflect before we start thinking about the future. I am true believer that we learn through reflection.
Here are a few questions to get you started with reflecting on the year:
How did it go?
How do you know?
What things did you do to make the year go well?
If you were a student in your class, what might you be saying about the year?
If you were the principal what might you be saying about the year?
What patterns did you notice throughout the year?
As you think about the year, how does it compare to the year you thought you might have?
What are you learning about yourself?
When might you be able to apply your new learning?
How has this reflection supported your thinking?
After you take time to do a deep reflection, I encourage you to set some new goals and begin planning for the new year. Seek out a great PLN, read a new book, select a blog to follow, or attend a conference. Be a lifelong learner! Our students deserve the best in their teachers!