As we fling open the drapes on a shiny new year, I am going to revisit an exercise that a former principal I worked with used as a year-end review exercise.
We entered the library for the last staff meeting of the year and saw Stop! Start! Continue... written in that neat teacher-like printing across the blackboard. We were broken into small groups and given a list of criteria to evaluate and place under each category.
This is a simple way to end the year and to begin a new one. No self-recrimination, no fretting and certainly not long hours spent agonizing over what to write. Instead, a quick from-the-heart jotting- down of the things you've done to determine what the view from the window of 2011 will reveal.
What does your Stop! Start! Continue... list uncover? Any surprises?
For 2011 and beyond, may you be enveloped in great health, rewarding work and projects, loving relationships and memories that will sustain and entertain you! Happy New Year!