Reflection is a powerful and often overlooked process. It is through reflection on our previous experiences that we can identify our strengths and weaknesses, learning what we should celebrate and what we should revisit.
At the Institute for Excellence in Education, we use Cognitive Coaching™, as a model for planning and reflecting. Each of our coaches is trained in Cognitive Coaching™, which is one ingredient in the secret sauce of IEE’s recipe for success.
Our coaches use the skills of Cognitive Coaching™ in schools every day. The use of the reflective conversation map not only helps teachers process their practice and determine their next steps, but also builds the teacher’s efficacy. Our hope is that through these conversations the teacher will assimilate these skills. We hope that they will develop collaborative relationships with their colleagues and begin to use the tools of reflection with one another.
Enjoy this month’s newsletter filled with ideas for increasing learning for all through reflection!
Sherry and the IEE Team