“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – James Levin
As teachers, we know and value the reflection process. That time when we can think about what worked and what didn’t. It’s a time to look critically at aspects of our year and make them a learning experience for our personal and professional growth; a way to think about how we can continue and/or change practices to meet the needs of our students. Reflection is that piece that allows us to refine our skills and identify areas that we want to improve. A way to develop effective action. A true goal setting opportunity.
Here is a series of questions that may help you as you look back over the past year and assess your personal growth.
- How did your year go and what makes you feel that way?
- How did it go compared to what you thought might happen?
- What things did you do that influenced the outcome of your year?
- What skills, talents, and resources did you draw on to shape your learners?
- What are you most proud of?
- What are you learning about yourself?
- When might you apply your new learning in the future?
- In what ways has this reflection supported your thinking and learning?
Carmen Marty, Terri Brines, & Brooke Higgins are eMINTS Instructional Specialists and Cognitive Coaching/eMINTS Agency Trainers. For more information about Cognitive Coaching and related seminars visit the eMINTS National Center events page.