It’s the end of the year and that means lots of “wrapping up” events and activities. You have service awards, retirement banquets, graduation ceremonies (kindergarten, 5thgrade, and high school). The one thing you cannot afford to forget is the reflection time needed to set you up for a successful year next year.
At the end of the current school year, you might consider taking a moment to stop and reflect on the following:
What went well?
What things were a hit with parents, teachers, and students? What did most stakeholders jump onboard and not just follow, but enjoy? What instructional practices proved to be successful and led to increased student achievement?
What needs to be tweaked?
What is going well, but could stand a little improvement? Did you implement an instructional practice that everyone is doing, but may need to improve the level of implementation?
What is not working and should be abandoned?
There are some things we implement sometimes that turn out to be a disaster. Don’t be the leader who can’t admit that something you tried didn’t work. If it was a complete disaster, honestly admit that it didn’t work too well and abandon it.
Reflection time is essential to personal and professional growth. As you look forward to enjoying your time away from the hustle and bustle of an active campus, make sure you take the time to reflect on your successes and failures from the school year.
Paula Patterson is a former principal who shares practical points on the principalship.