Teachers: Time to reflect

Depending of where you are in the world, you will be someway along the school year, busy going about your business and putting your plan into action.

Here in Australia, teachers can see the finishing line with only 5 or 6 weeks left in the school year, before the summer holidays.

Now is a good time to reflect and review the goals that you have made at the beginning of the school year.

These may have been personal objectives or constructed as part of a formal appraisal system within your school.

Whatever the reason, here are some things to consider as you reassess your action plan for the year.

  • Did you have success in achieving your goals?
  • What challenges prevented you achieving them?
  • What challenges did you overcome to achieve your goals?
  • What strengths emerged and how can these be built upon?
  • Where are your future focus areas?
  • What career aspirations and available pathways are open for you?
  • What support and professional development do you need to further develop your teaching performance and development?
  • What future action is required should your performance expectations not be met on a regular basis?

It’s important to step back at the year end to assess your goals against achievements. Sometimes, not all goals are achieved and there can be a number of reasons for that being the case.

The critical thing is to identify what the issue was and determine if it was within your control.

It can be a challenge to put aside the time to do this, especially in the last few weeks of school, but it’s a key link in the appraisal system that has to be fulfilled for progress to be measured and attained.

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