A good friend and mentor of mine had a phrase he used last year I loved...he called it M&M's (meaningful, manageable, and sustainable) It has stayed with me, and I often reflect upon it as I am planning this year. I too was searching for a sticking phrase as I am working with others this year. As I was reflecting I started thinking about how can I help others help themselves to move forward? Then it hit me...reflective & effective.
I have noticed that the best growth is that which grows from within an organization. How does that growth develop...it develops through self-reflection. Those who are reflective usually tend to be effective.
One of my goals this year, as an instructional coach, is to get others to be reflective. I believe it is a great place to begin, and is SO powerful.
Some of the ways I have encouraged others to be reflective are:
- examine your data and have a dialogue
- keep a journal or blog about your experiences and learning -grow your PLN (twitter, Facebook, etc...) and share your experience
- video tape yourself teaching/coaching and reflect independently or with a colleague
- survey or interview students, parents, or colleagues who have a connection with you.
This is not an end all be all list, but is more of a reflective starting point to begin your journey towards effectiveness.