Chapter Reflection Questions

The Purpose Driven School

Book Club: Chapter Reflection Questions

Personal development is the new professional development. As you engage and interact with this book club, reflections will be the biggest part of your personal and professional development. The goal is to expand and evolve in your thinking. More importantly, after reading this book, the intent is to evoke action, moving your school towards excellence in every area of its operations. What you put into this professional development is what you are going to get out of it.

Using your Purpose Driven Reflective Journal, write a reflection after each chapter. The questions below are simply a guide to spark reflection. Your reflections are not limited to the questions below. This process is personal growth and any reflections, revelations, or provoking thoughts that you gain from reading the book, write about it. Turn your reflections into actions for change.

Reflection Questions

Introduction:  Creating Vitality in Schools

  1. Why is vitality so important to schools?
  2. How can your school create vitality?

Chapter 1:  Vision

  1. What is your school’s vision?
  2. How is the work that you do support the school’s vision?
  3. How can you be more intentional about supporting the school’s vision in your position and the work that you do?

Chapter 2:  Dream Team

  1. What does the quote, “The strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team” mean to you?
  2. What qualities of a high performing professional do you possess? 
  3. How can you improve to become a high performing professional?

Chapter 3:  Leadership

  1. How can you show up as a leader in your given position?
  2. What did you learn about the Leadership Congruency Postulate? Why is this important? P. 54

Chapter 4:  The Business of Education

  1. How has your opinion or perspective changed about schools/education as a business after reading this chapter?
  2. How can you provide great customer service in your position?

Chapter 5: Parents: A Child’s First Teacher

  1. Based on the Parent Personalities, what kind of parent are you?
  2. What kind of parents have you encountered at your school?
  3. After reading this chapter, do you feel that you will engage with parents differently?

Chapter 6: Students: Investing in a Better Future

  1. Based on the Student Personalities, what kind of student were you as a child?
  2. How can educators support all students given the different Student Personalities in the classroom?

Chapter 7:  Teachers: The Heart of Education

  1. If you are a teacher, What type of teacher are you?
  2. What kind of teacher would you like to become?
  3. What kind of teacher would you want for your child?
  4. What kind of teacher had the biggest impact on you as a child?
  5. What kinds of teachers do you have at your school?
  6. What kinds of teachers will help create a great school?

Chapter 8: Closing the Achievement Gap

  1. What did you know about the achievement gap prior to reading this chapter?
  2. What new things did you learn about the achievement gap?
  3. How has history contributed to the achievement gap? 
  4. What does the Einstein quote mean to you and how does it relate to the Achievement Gap? “The world as we have created it is the process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Chapter 9: The Pandemic and Education

  1. What positive and negative effects did the pandemic have on education? 
  2. What were some takeaways from the pandemic?
  3. How did you grow professionally and personally during the pandemic?

Chapter 10:  Conclusion

  1. After reading The Purpose Driven School, how have you changed in your thinking and perspective? How have you grown personally and professionally? 
  2. Out of all the information presented in the book, what stayed with you the most and why?
  3. What do you disagree with in the book?
  4. What questions do you have after reading this book?
  5. What changes will you make after reading this book?