Goal Setting Activity for Teaching
Consider the following paragraph and the purpose of school and
teaching as training and education.
The Australian aborigine has survived for more than 20,000 years in a desolate environment. Their survival depends on their ability to transmit knowledge from the old to the young. How to act in any situation is taught in a traditional sometimes ritualistic manner with any suggestion for change rejected. Teaching in this manner makes sense for survival in an unchanging environment. We live in an environment that is continually changing; what kind of education is required for our children to survive?
Ideas generated with this activity should be consistent with a conceptual framework and philosophy. However, this activity is designed to identify more specific goals to focus on for current reflection and professional development.
Conceptual Framework & philosophy
- I want students in my class to think of me as ...
- What do I want to sound and look like to students?
- How will I assure my decisions and actions are professional and ethical?
- What can students depend on me to do to help them learn?
- How will I help students to better know themselves?
- What do I want to focus on to help students learn?
- how to be life-long learners?
- content area of ...
- resilience, difference, diversity is power
- develop self-efficacy
- social skills
- other ...
- I can help students learn the above by doing...
- Students can or will do the following to facilitate their ability to achieve this:
- I will know students are making progress when they ...
- How will I inquire and reflect on my own teaching development?
- I will use this reflection to help me ...
This list was developed to begin an inquiry into teaching. However, it is worthwhile to revisit from time to time to celebrate our professional development.