Our Last Week of School

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Summer is here!

Congratulations to each and every one of you on another successful school year!

As we end another year it is important to take time to reflect on what we have done well. Personally, it has always been hard for me to stop and reflect on the things I had already done.  I was always focused on moving towards the next thing, trying to cross one more thing off my never-ending “to do” list.  As I have gotten older (and hopefully a bit wiser) I have tried to take more time to  “stop and smell the roses.”  I hope you do this for yourself.

Below is a blog post from Robyn Jackson. She always seems to know what we need!  I hope you take the time to answer and reflect on the questions she discusses in her post.

Ten Questions To Help You Reflect On Your Practice This Year

When I was a teacher, I remember vividly those last few weeks before school let out. Exams, graduations, end of the year parties, packing up my classroom, then, finally, the last day of school! I remember looking forward to sleeping in a couple of days, before starting school or my summer job. Ahhhhh. Summer.

When I became an administrator and had to work through the summer, I was still excited at the end of the year. I could come into work an hour later, sit in my office, and actually get some work done! Plus, we spent a lot of time planning big things for the coming school year.

One of the things I didn’t do a lot of was reflect on the past year. I figured that I could do that in August when I returned to school. So, I’d put the past year behind me and immediately began thinking about the summer ahead or the upcoming school year.

But here’s the thing. Without taking time to reflect first, my plans for the coming school year were already doomed because they were uninformed by the valuable lessons I’d learned.

So, before you kick back and take a much-needed break for the summer, I want to encourage you to take some time to reflect on the past school year. Spend an hour or even a half-day looking back at all that you’ve learned this school year while those lessons are still relatively fresh. That way, you won’t forget the most valuable things you’ve learned and you are less likely to repeat your mistakes next school year.

Here are 10 questions to use in your reflection:

  1. What were the highlights of this school year? Where did you feel most successful? Where were you “in your zone?”
  2. What do these highlights have in common? In other words, can you spot a trend that helps you understand when you are at your best?
  3. What were the low points of the year? When did you feel the most disconnected to your true genius?
  4. What do those low points have in common? What trends can you spot?
  5. What did you try this year that you have never done before? What lessons did you learn?
  6. What do you want to try next year?
  7. What will you do differently next year? What do you need to stop doing? What needs to be adjusted or refreshed in your practice?
  8. What are you curious about? What do you want to learn more about?
  9. Why did you become a teacher? Do you feel that you lived that purpose this year? If so, why? If not, why?
  10. How have you grown as an educator this year? In what ways do you still need to grow?

Now, share the most valuable thing you learned…

Please feel free to tweet the most valuable thing you learned this year.  You can use the hashtags: #csdpowerofwe  #whatmatters

https://mindstepsinc.com/2017/05/ten-questions-help-reflect-practice-year/

Week-At-A-Glance

Monday, May 29
Memorial Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, May 30
State of the School Address – 9:00a.m. and 7:00 p.m. – Volunteer Appreciation
7th Grade Change Project
Kindergarten Water Day
1st Grade Author’s Tea
Wednesday, May 31
Last Day of School (5th Grade Moving Up) (6/7 Dance)

June 1-2 – Teacher Workdays
June 1 – CSD Graduation at Belk Theater

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