On Monday evening I participated in the #bced chat. The topic was about how to evaluate teacher professional growth. It was a fascinating discourse that morphed into a discussion about professional growth in general. The discussion got me thinking about my learning for the upcoming school year – how do I want to grow and learn and how will I be accountable for my learning? Then it came to me…blog it. First, I will have a written record that I can refer to, second, and perhaps more important, making it public builds in some accountability.
So…here goes. The following is a list of areas I would like to grow and improve upon over the 2011-12 school year.
- Improve my transparency – this year I am starting at a new school. I want to make myself accessible and open. I want staff, students and parents to feel comfortable in approaching me and have open dialogues. I want to use a variety of sources to make myself accessible.
- Listen – In many ways this is tied in to the goal above, but in my mind the key to a developing great relationships is first and foremost is a willingness to be a great listener. Definitely and area I can improve upon.
- Become More Math literate – at my new school the Inquiry is focused around explicitly teaching the traits of effective mathematicians. I have not taught Math since I entered administration (5 years), so I want to learn to be able to facilitate teacher professional learning.
- Go Deeper into Personalized Learning – last year I waded into these muddy waters and attempted to weave Assessment for Learning Practices with Project Based Learning. I had good results and learned a lot, but I also realized I can do a much better job of making learning personal.
- Integrate Technology – last year I took the leap into twitter and blogging and it has been an amazing learning experience. Now that I understand those mediums, I need to push myself to start integrating and using some of the technology and web-based tools I have read about.
- Enjoy Every Minute – every year has it challenges and sometimes I can get wrapped up in the moment and feel the stress of the job. I know that stress is inherent in the job, but when things get tough I want to take the time to appreciating all that I have. I am in a profession that rewards me every day…sometimes I need to look a little harder for the rewards.
That’s it. I know there are many other areas I can improve, but I need to keep it manageable. I ask for the assistance of my PLN to hold me accountable and ask me for evidence of growth.
Have an excellent school year!