Making Progress: Reaching Your Teacher Goals
In order to continue to refine our craft, we must set goals and work toward them. Here's a few examples.
1. Every 60-90 Days Create a Focus Area
2. Create 3-5 Specific Micro Tasks (action steps) within that Focus Area
3. Get to it. Start working on a micro task. Put them on your calendar if you need to.
Getting Better at Growth Mindset
- Letting students fail. What will I do to not rescue students from mistakes they need to make?
- Helping students find their mistakes and expecting them to fix them.
What does this look like? Sound like? Feel like? Write out a possible scenario.
- Supporting students with trying again. What will I say? How will I act? What does this look like? Sound like? Feel like?
- Practice. Refine. Practice again.
Using Choice Words Effectively for Student Growth + Motivation
- Write out who I want to be as a person and sound like as a teacher.
- Write out my vision for what students walk away with from my class (cared about, worthwhile, capable, believed in, tough, resilient, empowered...).
- Write out words and phrases I use that are not helpful- I'm working on replacing.
- Make a list of words and phrases that I think will help us move toward to the goal- what effect do I think they will have?
- Write out a few (3-5) statements that fit common situations using the words I want to start using and practice them.
Or, maybe your focus is to expand your reach and help other teachers with something you already do well.
Sharing My Best Lesson Plans (and making a little money too)
- Sign up for TpT- Teacher Pay Teachers
- Check out what other teachers are offering and think about what you do that is different, easier or better.
-Refine 2 Lesson Plans in One Subject Area and Topic
- Create Support Material to Make a Packet
- Upload to TpT
- Post about it on social media. (Yay! I put my first packet on TpT. Check it out.) or Pin It on Pinterest.
You've got all summer to think about it. Let it sit in your brain for a bit. Your first focus area will come to you when you least expect it.