Teachers care A LOT about their students. As educators, we want to do everything we can to provide the absolute best opportunities for our students. That means teachers are constantly putting themselves on the back burner. And you know what happens to the food on the back burner? The things we forget about? They burn! That is why I think it is crucial we practice setting teacher goals for ourselves, personally and professionally.
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Setting Teacher Goals
I am SO excited about this interview. Ecstatic might be a better word. You have heard me talk a bajillion times about PowerSheets. And this week I’ve got a whole episode dedicated to PowerSheets and an interview with the C.O.O. of Cultivate What Matters (the company behind the PowerSheets), Kaylee Hobbs.
I believe, so deeply, in the power of goals. And not just your typical new year’s resolution type goals. But goals that actually help you accomplish the things you want to look back on in 20, 30, even 40 years and say “that helped me get here.”
I want to challenge you to think about your vision for yourself at 80. What things do you need to start doing right now to make that vision a reality? What goals and structures do you need to put into place next year, or even today, to start working towards that?
I challenge you to think about the vision you have for your students when they are 80? I imagine it’s something along the lines of being good humans that make the world a better place.
What things do you need to be focusing on right now in your classroom to make that a reality? Does that mean you need to improve your guided reading time so you can help kids learn to read? Do you want to focus on teaching your students how to be anti-racist, what things do you need to be incorporating into your lessons today to make that happen?
These are the kinds of goals I want you to think about and write down. I want to encourage you to start thinking about yourself as more than just a teacher and start focusing on things that bring you joy so you can be joyful in your classroom each and every day.
On the Podcast
Here is what we talk about in this episode on setting goals for teachers:
- What are PowerSheets and how are they different from typical goal planning methods (think S.M.A.R.T. goals…how is this different?)
- The Importance of looking forward- 20, 30, and even 40 years ahead
- Where to start if you don’t like setting goals
- The idea of focusing on One Thing (from Gary Keller’s book The One Thing)
- Ways to think about setting goals in your personal life and teaching life
If you want to learn more about PowerSheets then head here to see how I use them as well as an unboxing of the 2020 set of PowerSheets.
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Until next time,
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