With all this going on, it's hard to take time out and reflect but I'd like to take a quick minute to share with you something I am working into my routine, and that is reflection. Self reflection. As a district coordinator it is hard to feel engaged with everyone all the time and very easy to get swept away with all the different projects that are going on at once. Add all this to being a year one administrator and you can see how things can easily get out of control.
As part of my quest to be a better administrator (and person overall) I wanted to do some type of meaningful reflection other than my daily note taking. I read an excellent article from ASCD with a just in time perfect suggestion. This suggestion, from Baruti Kafele's "The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence" recommends asking yourself some essential questions on a daily basis. These questions include:
- Who am I? (in the context of students and leadership)
- What am I about? (purpose as a leader)
- What is my most recent evidence? (in the last 24 hours that support ques 1 & 2)
These questions struck me as the perfect outline for self reflection. Kafele suggests looking in the mirror and asking yourself these questions everyday. I'm not sure that I'll ever have a complete answer to these questions but I do feel it is important to reflect on these things on a regular basis in order to arrive at the most complete answer possible. :)
So far I have a kindergarten student that I can most recently think of that help me answer the first question. When I entered their class recently one student said, "Who are you??" and to that I replied, "I get to do Math & STEM throughout all the buildings in Exeter!" Pretty simplistic and I'm sure that will evolve but thank you to that Kindergartner for giving me a starting point! As far as leadership I feel my greatest purpose is to support others and provide a safe place for everyone to learn and grow. My most recent evidence in the past 24 hours is the work we did with grade levels 3-5 in which they dove into the question, "What makes a good mathematical communicator and what does that look like?"
I hope everyone has a moment where they can reflect on themselves, their purpose and their work. I feel the three questions above can apply to a variety of people in many situations. Great stuff, thanks Baruti!