Happy New Year!
I hope all you awesome educators had a restful break and are ready to tackle another exciting adventure with your students.
New Year resolutions are a great way to reset, develop, and push your professional awesomeness. However, I do feel that a teacher’s New Year is really September 1st. That is the (approximate) date we start fresh as a guide on a new adventure. It is the beginning of the school year we set out our annual expectations for our students and we lay out the necessary steps to achieve them. Often, we submit annual professional goals (or resolutions) for our professional development at that time time too.
However, January is a fabulous month to start implementing small changes in your practice. Really any day of the year is- but why not write about it during this first week in January! I am a huge fan of large goals to better support personal and professional growth. I love to set my mind on something and work towards getting there- and then relish in my success. BUT it is not the large goal that I truly care about- that is just a marker for me in understanding where I am and where I want to be. The journey or the steps to the destination or reaching the large goal is heart of the development.
2019 is the year of the mini-goal. Rather than worrying about my development destination, I am going to plan a flexible itinerary that allows for detours throughout the journey. The point of the mini-goal is that it is small, achievable without exhaustive effort, and it propels you forward. A favourite hashtag of mine is #itsthelittlethings and that is what I chose to focus on this year.
I cannot commit to expensive courses, time-consuming readings, and hitting up a monthly seminar. However, I can commit to a few little things every week that should make an impact on my professional practice and development.
What are the small changes I can make and actions I can take to help me become a better professional this year?
My overall goal is to be a better education professional. Wow, HUGE goal and one that can go on forever! This is the destination I may never reach..... why? because I can always improve and develop my practice.
How will I become a better education professional? What stops will I make on my way to my 'final' destination?
I want to strengthen Diversity and Inclusion (D & I) in my professional practice.
Why do I want to strengthen D & I in my practice? Well,…
How am I going to strength D & I in my practice? Well,...
How do these points fit in with mini-goals?
Keeping in mind development is ongoing and so is D & I. You will never reach a final destination in professional (and personal) development and in strengthening a culture of diversity and inclusion. Some mini-goals will be easier and more successful than others- THAT IS OKAY!!!
In order to help me become more successful in furthering my professional development I am going to pick a few mini goals that I will implement to help me reach my first destination: STRENGTHENING D & I IN MY PRACTICE. Once I feel like I have hit that first destination, I am a bit closer to becoming a better professional (my final….unreachable… destination). Remember these mini-goals are flexible, allow for detours, and there to act as boundaries pushing me forward.
In sum, 2019 is the year of mini-goals for me. I want to remain focused on being the best professional I can be. I want to be realistic in my journey and I want to acknowledge that transformation does not happen over night. Transformation and development take time- it takes the little changes in order to make the largest impact. It is important to keep your focus on the destinations, but enjoy the journey in between. Keep your goals small, keep your goals simple, and keep giving yourself opportunities to practice.
Large Goal = destination = end game = you should be chasing this for a long time, maybe forever!
Defining my goal = stops along the way = help to give parameters to my large goal
Mini-goals = the journey = changes leading to transformation = #itsthelittlethings