Setting Goals — Teacher Reflection

By Megan Power on December 20, 2010

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

—Peter F. Drucker

The end of the calendar year is a natural time to reflect on our lives and to establish goals and direction for the New Year. Most people associate their New Year’s resolutions with diet, exercise, and weight loss. Personal goals are important and necessary, but setting professional goals is also beneficial. It improves you as a teacher, and it positively affects all of your students and families.

Photo taken by a student's father at our class holiday play.

 

Before making my professional goals for the New Year, I feel it is necessary to reflect on my year so far and on my students’ progress. Here are just a few of my thoughts on how I have extended my teaching in 2010:

  • I have created a Facebook page for my class that has evolved into a place where parents post and collaborate.
  • I have extended my use of 1:1 laptops to include morning class goal work. This has allowed all students to get support and practice on some skills they need to learn in kindergarten.
  • I have reorganized my class Web site on Blackboard to make it easier to lock and unlock practice games so each child really is getting personalized, individual learning opportunities.
  • I started using a program called Wixie from Tech4Learning to individualize my students' work with “digital worksheets.”
  • I have started to create my first big stop motion movie with my students that incorporates almost all of my kindergarten science standards. Look for a future post on this amazing video experience and on knowing that kindergartners are only 5 — so they have a big need for play in their learning.
  • I started a collaborative workshop time that the students have been helping to create. I already see tremendous results in their ability to work together, and to plan, evaluate, and present work.
  • I have joined a district committee to assist with writing our district's technology plan.

These are just a few of the things that I have added or extended this school year. So far I am very pleased with the results, and I am excited to continue to extend them and to try new things in this calendar year. During your holiday festivities this winter break, don’t forget to take some time to reflect on your teaching.

What are some new things that you tried out, and how are they going? We would love to hear about all the wonderful things you are trying in your classroom. Please comment below!

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Comments

Jennifer, Thanks for your question. I started off creating my facebook as a page. It was not linked to my Facebook page at all. Parents had to like it from their end and then they could see my posts. After a few months one of my parents suggested swuitching it to a Facebook Group. A group is more secure as only people that are invited can view. It also allows for other members posts about our classroom to be alerted to everyone in the group. The only thing is this way my Facebook photo comes up when I post. It still does not give access of my profile to the members. Members facebook status updates also are not shared with the members of the group.

It really is a great communication tool. Many parents are on this tool daily already. I hope this helps. If you need more information you can look up the way I started it- Facebook page and the way we have changed it to- Facebook Group. Smiles, Megan

Meghan,

Can you share with me how to create a Facebook page for your parents? I know that almost all of my parents are Facebook users, but I worry that I won't have it locked down enough so that it is only for just them.

Perhaps there are easy directions out there that you could direct me to?

I'm looking forward to your stop-motion movie with your Ks. So cool!

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