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How is it December already?

It’s hard to believe that another year is almost over!  This means it’s time to take a break and enjoy things like pajamas until noon and holiday celebrations with family and friends. But before you unplug and enjoy your well-deserved break, we encourage you to take a little time to reflect on the first half of the school year. Reflective teaching is a powerful tool for improving job performance (Nobel 2014).  

The most effective leaders use reflection at least on a periodic basis. Leaderally believes that effective leaders also show strength in three main areas of leadership: communication, management, and strategy. We visualize these areas as three equally important sides of a leadership triangle.

TAA-DAA!!! It’s the Leaderally Leadership Triangle

leadership triangle - communication, management and strategy on the outside and strong leadership on the inside

Let’s break the triangle down into each component part in order to organize reflective questions for this stage of the school year.

Communication

Strong leadership relies on clear, consistent, and effective communication. Consider your communication skills by asking yourself the following 3 questions:

  • Do you communicate regularly with your students’ caregivers?
  • How confident are you in your communication with your leadership team?
  • Are your students understanding your expectations when it comes to things like classroom rules, lessons, and homework?

Management

There is a great deal of management involved when leading a classroom. The following questions will help you break down the major areas of management in your day-to-day:

  • Do you feel that behaviors are well managed or do you need to revisit this in the new year?
  • Are you able to prioritize your daily to-do lists and major projects in a way that protects your time (and sanity)?
  • Does the classroom organization, (e.g. seating arrangement, overall layout), seem to work for your specific class or classes of students, or does it need some tweaks in the new year?

Strategy

A strong strategist is able to set realistic yet aggressive goals AND achieve them. Consider the following when it comes to your strategic leadership in your classroom:

  • How many new ideas, concepts, curricula, etc. have you implemented this year and how do you feel it went?
  • Are there new ideas, concepts, curricula, etc. that you wish you had implemented but did not?
  • How often do you revisit your classroom vision and how well do you feel you are achieving it in your day or week?

Reflection exercises can be very quick and easy, but don’t underestimate the power of taking the time to reflect. A few focused minutes here will help you come back from your winter break refreshed and ready to take on the world. 

Cheers to finishing strong in 2019 and a solid launch of 2020 in your incredibly important job!

 

References:

Nobel, C. (2014). Reflecting on work improves job performance. Retrieved from 

https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/reflecting-on-work-improves-job-performance

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