Reflective questions

I have recently spoken with a few colleagues about the importance of asking reflective questions. I used to think that part of my role as a coach and an administrator was to make sure to share as much information with teachers as possible, especially if it was information I thought was important. Over time, however, I have come to see the value in asking a reflective question to a leader or a group of leaders to spark a conversation amongst the group.

Rather than sit and deliver information, I think we all need to rethink our role as leaders in the learning process. No one can possibly have all the knowledge, and we know that two heads are better than one, and three are better than two. How can we help those we lead come to new understandings without giving them our opinions or thoughts? By asking reflective questions, providing time for collaborative discussions, and facilitating those discussions when necessary.

What questions are you asking to facilitate new learning?

About Amy's Reflections

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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7 Responses to Reflective questions

  1. cynthiaough says:

    Thank you for challenging me with your thoughtful and reflective questions. That’s I when I really learn the most!

  2. Thank you for your powerful reminder, Amy. I am learning a lot from you!

    • Ana,
      Thank you for reading! WE are learning together- this is a great team! And I ended up having a LONG conversation with one of my former colleagues over the weekend all about this topic- how do we help people without just giving them new information? It’s a learning journey for everyone who wants to help improve education. Thank YOU for being a learner!


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