This is a moment for reflection and restoration. This has been a challenging and complicated time in schools and this summer will be an essential time for reflection as well as for restoring energy, empathy, and compassion.
When working with students, we often ask them to reflect on their work and their process as good teaching practice. Reflection is an essential part of meaningful assessment and ultimately growth. We need to allow ourselves, as educators and leaders, the same time and space to do this vital work in order to process what we have learned, what we want to do differently or the same, and make plans to move forward in thoughtful and intentional ways.
Reflecting on our practices can deepen our understanding of ourselves. When we reflect as a team, we can make our teams stronger; deepening the connection between colleagues, building empathy and strengthening relationships.
PBL Works designed some helpful tools to use with faculty/staff for reflection. You could also simply jot down responses to the following questions:
- What are some things you learned that you want to take into next year?
- What have you learned about yourself as a leader/educator this year?
- How have you changed?
This reflection can be the start of setting a plan for intentional and meaningful work for the upcoming school year. Take time to reflect with your team. Take time to reflect on your own. Reflection is an investment in meaningful growth.