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Connecting Reflective Practice and Leadership

Activities centred on the value of reflective practice in leadership to mobilise colleagues to improve learning opportunities for students. Aim is to illustrate how a school provides opportunities and professional learning for teachers to take up leadership roles and to learn from experience.

 

Background

John Paul College, Frankston has placed a strong emphasis on leadership formation, setting up structures to support staff leadership development in formal and informal ways.

Jane Tibb, Principal outlines the college vision for its staff and students, and the influence leaders have on school improvement. She describes the benefits of a staff formation program.

Isabella Goble and Jacqueline Ross are in formal positions of leadership at the college. They describe their key learnings about leadership, and explore what reflective practice means to them. Both leaders discuss the opportunities and challenges encountered so far. By examining their own practice, Isabella and Jacqui articulate the characteristics of effective leaders in a personalised and authentic way.

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Reflection

Activity 1

Peter Drucker states “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action”

Watch the clip ‘Reflective Practice’:

Leaders should consistently reflect on their practice to ensure improvement. Plan a reflection journal:

  • What is my purpose for reflection?
  • When is the right time to reflect?
  • How will I prioritise reflection amongst all my important responsibilities?
  • Where will I record my reflections?
  • How will I hold myself accountable for any actions that result from my reflection?

Activity 2

Journals can be used as a learning strategy to enable leaders to reflect on and learn from experience, transforming that learning into improved leadership practice.

Record your thoughts regarding a leadership action or behaviour:

  • What worked well?
  • What were the challenges?
  • What were your key learnings? 

Activity 3

Watch the clip ‘Leading by Example’:

Based on my daily routines and leadership actions, where can I expect to be in five years? Develop a Leadership Learning Plan to include the following:

  • Identify 2 or 3 leadership goals.
  • What would I need to do to achieve these goals?
  • What will be the benefits of achieving these goals?
  • Who will I seek feedback from?
  • What are the options for actualising these goals?
  • How and when will I do them?

Source: Archdiocese of Melbourne

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