Reflection is a very effective form of professional learning, one we aren’t always good about as educators. It always seems as if we need to move on to the next unit, the next activity; and little time if any is taken to reflect upon what we’ve learned.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work with a principal who was AMAZING about reflection. He had a theater background, and was a big fan of the “post-mortem”. While the term may seem morbid, the process can often breathe new life into what we are doing. Basically, once a large task is complete, the group meets and reflects upon what went well, and what needs to be improved upon.
In wrapping up a large event in my current position, I send a Google Doc to everyone who was involved, and give them editing rights. I ask them to answer four questions:
- What were our successes?
- How do we ensure future success?
- What can be improved?
- How can we improve it?
From there, we then meet to discuss what was recorded, and see what adjustments we can make.
Spring is a time of renewal. Even on cooler days, the sun is warm when its shining, and any rain falling is purposeful. It’s efforts are seen in green grass and sprouting flowers. Time flies! Take some time in this season of renewal to “stop and smell the flowers” – reflect on your actions so far this year to prepare for those last weeks of school and beyond.