Today I had the chance to read Jamie’s goals for the year over at Dontworryteach. This was a good reminder for me, as I feel it is important to state your goals. This will be an interesting year for me with a lot of change and adjustment. Not only will I be going back to the classroom after two years as an instructional facilitator, I will have a new daughter (any day now!). Stating my goals now before the chaos hits will hopefully help me to stay focused and roll with the punches a bit better. Feel free to check up on me and ask me about my progress.
I tend to develop my goals on a quarter by quarter basis. Since I will not be in my classroom the first quarter of this year, here are my goals for the first semester.
- Assessment – I will be work to develop more effective assessments. This involves not only the method of assessment, but what I am assessing. This is part of my quest to move in the direction of Standards Based Grading. By focusing on improving assessments, I will also be working on better defining for my students exactly what it is I want them to be learning.
- Feedback – I will provide students with more informative, specific and timely feedback. This can involve spoken or written comments and discussion. I will go beyond “Good job!” and other vagaries to tell students exactly what is or is not working well. This also ties in with Standards Based Grading as well as with my goal on improving assessments. After all, what’s the point of a good assessment if the student doesn’t understand the results?
- Parental Communication – I will communicate more regularly with parents. My plan at the moment involves more frequent phone calls and email contacts for a variety of purposes and a blog site (which I realize parents may or may not utilize). I want to be sure parents feel welcome in my classroom and comfortable communicating with me. They are the experts on their children and an excellent resource.
- Efficiency - I will become more efficient with my planning time, grading, and various other responsibilities while maintaining quality standards. With so much changing in my life right now, I want to make sure I am doing a good job of balancing school and home life. This will possibly be my most difficult challenge.
Have you tackled any of these things before? What was your experience like? I would appreciate any advice, resources or insights. What are your goals? I encourage you to post them here or elsewhere.
“I find the great thing in this world is, not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving…”