What professional goals are worthwhile to achieve in 2012?
Goal setting is a powerful thinking technique that gives us a long-term vision and short-term motivation. It helps us organize our time and resources to make the most out of our life. When we achieve our goals, our self-confidence increases tremendously and obstacles are overcome with a sense of great accomplishment.
As the year comes to a close, this is a good time to evaluate how well we met our professional goals. This is also a great time to set a new goal for 2012 that will make a positive impact next year. The list below highlights a few goals I have heard teachers share as well as a few of my own:
- “Learn more about the Common Core Standards by discussing them with my principal.”
- “Use Twitter to communicate ways to use technology in the classroom.”
- “Increase my classroom library and label previously bought books.”
- “Lessen the amount of work I take home.”
- “Spend more time with my family and not on school-related things.”
- “Seek online, engaging Apps to help my students learn how to spell.”
- “Increase my students’ reading stamina by creating a monitoring chart.”
- “Create a weekly schedule to help me be sure to conference with all students.”
- “Organize and accomplish my list of tasks by using a spiral-divided notebook.”
- “Organize and label my desk drawers and cabinets.”
- “Connect with parents more by sending home a weekly newsletter.”
- “Use social media to learn more about literacy-related topics.”
Are any of these goals worthwhile to you? Choosing a professional goal might make the biggest difference in your career in 2012!
Happy New Year!