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Reflective Practitioners
April 21, 2011
I dreamed a thousand new paths . . . I woke and walked my old one.
-Chinese Proverb
"An integral part of the director's leadership role is helping teachers build opportunities for enrichment and personal achievement," advises Paula Jorde Bloom in her guide, A Great Place to Work.  Bloom suggests asking these questions to help teachers become reflective practitioners:

  • What is the most fulfilling part of your job?
  • What talents, skills, special competencies, and unique contributions do you bring to the classroom?
  • Do you have the opportunity every day to do what you do best?
  • What keeps you from being as effective as you would like to be?
  • What resources do you need to excel in your job?
  • If you had the power to change anything about your job, what would you change?
  • If you could target one area of knowledge and skill building that would help you feel more competent and capable, what would it be?

Early childhood program administrators often have a global impression that things are going well or not so well at their center, but they lack specific feedback on just what the different areas of the organization contribute to those impressions. This updated and expanded edition helps directors define more precisely how ten dimensions of a center shape the quality of work life for staff. It will help you look at your program in terms of collegiality, opportunities for professional growth, supervisor support, clarity, reward system, decision-making, goal consensus, task orientation, physical setting, and innovation. Written in an engaging and lively style, the ideas in this book will help you sharpen your leadership skills and make your center A Great Place to Work.

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Nirmal Kumar Ghosh
Shishu Vikash Kendra
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
04/21/2011 03:46 am

Child friend , A director do not direct the others but have to help and cooperat

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