Raise your hand if your administration makes you do goal setting at the beginning of the school year?
Now raise your hand if your administration collects the goal setting you do as a way to help you monitor those goals throughout the school year.
Did you raise your hand both times?
It’s great to have administrators who help with goal-setting and progress-monitoring, but I think it’s even better to write those goals down and to keep track of them on-your-own. I know when I used to write my goals for the school year down and hand them off to someone else, they weren’t that meaningful. I didn’t think about them much and therefore, couldn’t self-monitor my progress. Plus, in my first couple of years of teaching, I wasn’t as candid as I should have been when goal-setting since I didn’t have a regular place to reflect on my practice (until I started blogging).
That being said, regardless of whether you’ve started back to school or you’re on the cusp of a new school year, take a few minutes to write down your goals for the upcoming school year. Be a little wordier than usual when you goal-set. Write a bit about why you’re setting the goal and how it will help your students as learners. Finally, take a few additional minutes to set some personal goals so that you can aim to keep a balanced life as you set forth into the 2009-10 school year.
Have a great weekend and happy writing!
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.