For me, professionally speaking, summer has always been a time for three things- reflection, growth, and commitment.
Each year, I ask myself a few basic questions.
What went well in the previous school year? How can I at least continue those successes and ultimately improve upon them?
What didn't go well? How can I eliminate mistakes that I made in certain areas?
What can I do to improve my craft? Who/what can help me (personal learning network, mentors, professional reading/conferences, etc.)?
How will I move from knowledge and beliefs to behaviors that:
- Model our CORE (Communication, Observation, Relationships, and Expectations) values this year?
- Support The Wildcat Way (which is to strive for excellence beyond standardized test scores to develop students that are Welcoming, Involved, Leading, Dependable, Cooperative, Ambitious, Teachable, and Serving)?
Are you asking yourself similar questions? Feel free to leave comments, observations, or suggestions below.