A community of practice is an opportunity for participants to reflect on current practice and grow their own understanding and knowledge. This type of reflective practice can also contribute to clearer goal setting, a stronger understanding of what to look for when observing instruction, and new ways to communicate when coaching school leaders and teachers.
More/less - One strategy for reflecting on instructional practice is for participants to consider what positive changes in practice would look like through the lens of ‘more/less’. This reflection strategy can be used at the beginning of a community to help participants articulate what improved practice would look like.
Examples and non-examples - Another strategy for reflecting on new ideas and practices is to develop short descriptors and then create examples and non-examples. Starting with a quote - A single quote can serve as a catalyst for reflecting on practice and articulating beliefs and values that underpin practice. As well as generating valuable conversation from these kinds of reflection can provide tangible criteria for leadership development.
Structured conversations - When participants are looking at a new practice or research finding it may be helpful to provide reflective questions for a structured conversation.