Only when students can articulate in writing the basic principles they are learning . . . can we be sure they are internalizing those principles in an intellectually coherent way. – Richard Paul
As with students, writing is an essential means by which school leaders can gain clarity and deepen their understanding of important ideas and practices. It is also a way to share with others what they are thinking and learning and to increase their influence within the school community.
Even a few minutes of writing can help principals and teacher leaders clarify:
• their goals for an upcoming meeting or conversation,
• what they understand and don’t understand about an important issue or problem, and
• their next actions after professional learning or a decision-making meeting.
Writing is also a tool leaders can use in faculty meetings or other settings to give participants an opportunity to determine what they think about an idea, an article, a set of data, or a potential solution to a problem before brainstorming or engaging in small group conversation.
Question: How do you or others you know use writing for these purposes or others that I did not mention?