On starting in public schools, I got thinking about goal setting. A lot. I used to be one of those people who thought that a worthy goal was a lofty goal. Still, even with my study, my goal is to score 100% on each piece of work, and it I score less than that in any one section, against the rubric, I fixate on how to bring my mark up, even by 1%. I still think goals should be measurable, but now, when it comes to helping others, I think they should be meaningful. 1% isn’t going to change my life, and it’s time for me to start walking the walk. This year my goals are going to be measurable and meaningful. Here they are:
1. Be accountable. This is measurable. I am accountable to my school, my boss, my students and their parents. This can be as simple as having my performance assessed by all of these parties via a five minute Survey Monkey. It’s meaningful because I can see what needs improvement and all of the interested parties know, even just by the act of me asking them to assess me, that I have invested in them. Goodwill is currency that I can save or spend.
2. Get one tiny ‘applied learning’ program running. This is trickier. It may require free junk food to entice chosen students to give up a lunch time. Hey, I’m a realist! Breaking this goal down into a proper proposal may help me find a solution. I am debating whether this will be a female school leaver’s self esteem and employment readiness program or cash (register) numeracy. I am aiming for mid way through third term for this.
I hope I am able to follow my own lead on this. Small is beautiful. (Image of said junk food by Dawn Tan. Available in melamine here.)