The start of year 11. Our school is comfortable with experienced staff. Only a few new faces. At our faculty meeting the experience was palpable. Everyone nodding.
For me, I fear complacency. I change, if ever slightly, every year. This year I have a few main goals.
Think like a student
As I design them, I am going to view my lessons from the point of view of a student. This may require some input and dialogue from them to gain a sense of perspective. I vow to never be in too big a hurry to loo through this lens.
This lens will help me ensure that I understand and ideally reach all students. It also gives me a reason to connect and learn from them. My most powerful line last year was ‘Tell me more, I want to learn about your perspective’. Those days, I learned so so much!
Be Gracious to Others
Not just the yeah, good job, crap. Not pseudo congrats. Really graciously acknowledging specific actions they are doing that impacts students and/or our staff. Motivating them to continue. More importantly demonstrating support. Being a cheerleader. I’m a bit reserved so I may resort to email as a way of doing this.
Working more efficiently. Making time for what matters and is important. Always being fully present. All in with what I am choosing to do.
Whitespace is OK with relaxing. But not when I am working on items.
These are my three goals. What are yours?