One of the best ways we can support the growth of our teams and professional learning communities is to provide enough time and space for people to pause, breathe, and reflect.
To enrich and deepen our understanding of process (or anything) we need time to think metacognitively about our progress and decisions. This is true for both individuals and teams. Reflection is a learning tool--it helps us decide what has worked, what has flopped, and what exactly we might implement as our next steps. Students need time to process and reflect (whether we give them this time or not is up for debate). And as adult learners, we need this time, too.
How can we support our PLC teams and teacher leaders? We can prompt them to reflect and share what's working, what's not, and what they want to do about it. As you enter into the final weeks of first semester, or as you plan your entrance ramp into second semester, be sure to include some meaningful time where teachers and teams are prompted towards reflection.
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