I’ve been lucky to have been involved in Student-Centered Coaching training throughout this past school year. My district has invested in having one of Diane Sweeney’s trainers work with a group of us on several occasions. Recently, we met and had a workshop regarding reflection and some interesting things came to light for me.
- I realized that I reflect more in my personal life than in my professional one. I felt this was an area of growth for me.
- It is OKAY to calendarize reflection time. In fact, it is probably one of the most important things I can do as a coach. I now schedule at least 15 minutes after each meeting with a teacher.
- What are my beliefs around teaching and learning? More importantly, why? By diving into this piece, it helped me dig back into my beliefs and foundations as an educator. This should be my guiding force in everything I do and I had let it go by the wayside for a little bit.
Do you reflect daily? If not, think about calendarizing some time–even just once a week. When’s the last time you took a good look at your beliefs and philosophies surrounding learning? I encourage you to revisit those regularly and use those to guide you.