One way to look back on your year is to ask yourself some questions about how the year went. George Couros, author of “The Innovator’s Mindset” and speaker we have had at RPS, invites teachers in his blog, The Principal of Change, to reflect on 4 questions. The questions range from “What did I do well this year?” to “How will all of these answers impact the learners I serve?”
4 Reflection Questions for the End of the School Year
Another resource, entitled “End of Year Reflection for Teachers,” by Jennifer Findley focuses on 8 questions to reflect on to help you grow and perfect your craft.
End of Year Reflection for Teachers
I know that by the end of May/beginning of June, I am tired and need time to reflect on what went well during the past year, what I want to keep and what I want to change. I know that if I don’t reflect on the year as soon as the year ends, the memory of what I did gets fuzzier.
Another approach is to think about what is currently happening around you and be present. This means doing things with family and friends, sitting on the patio, or just enjoying what is around you. It is also a time to continue PD but on a much more relaxed schedule.
Here are a couple of PD opportunities for you this summer:
1) Pages on the Patio (Rochester, Dover-Eyota and Byron school districts)
2) PD by the Pool: This is a great PD experience to do over the summer as you have time. Here is the link if you are not from Rochester Public Schools: PD by the Pool - Non RPS and if you are in the Rochester Public Schools: PD by the Pool - RPS
As July ends and August begins, I start to think about (and dream about) the upcoming school year. I spend time looking out the windshield to see what is coming up on the horizon. I see new projects starting to take form in my mind that I want to try in the new school year. I see reconnecting with my colleagues and making new connections with incoming students. I also see this as a time I can learn new things since I am more recharged. One great PD offering that is close to home is the First Institute in Kasson. Rebecca Mecikalski wrote about this last year in the blog entitled “Put yourself 'First'.” This year the First Institute will be on August 5th and 6th and the lineup of keynote speakers include Tim Elmore, Michael McDowell, Marcia Tate, and Rick Wormeli.
I am not sure about you, but I am looking forward to my “reflective drive” this summer (and I am hoping to take some real drives out in the country, too). I hope you can all get out there and take some much deserved time to reflect on your year and recharge.
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