Prepare Your Professional Development Goals for the Year

Attaining student growth and (hopefully) success is the all-encompassing goal of all education.

But how do we go about brining that success to fruition? The answer might lie in our own professional development, in facing the things that we need to fix as educators. Perhaps we need to set professional development goals for ourselves.

With this in mind, today on, frequent contributing writer Jordan Catapano, himself a seasoned high school English teacher based in the Chicago suburbs, takes a look at some of the questions teachers need to ask of themselves as the new year dawns.

Some of these questions include:

  • Are there school or district goals?
  • What would your colleagues say?
  • What will help students the most?
  • And more!

Jordan also looks at some practical methods to use to achieve the goals you set for yourself, including:

  • Display what you wrote
  • Connect to others
  • Keep track of your progress
  • And more!

Jordan sums up his article like this: “While your goals may be noble and well-intentioned, they don’t mean a whole lot if at the end of the day your students’ learning stays the same. So as you’re working toward improving yourself, make sure you remain focused on the real reason for improvement: To build the success of your students in the long run.

What other advice would you give for setting goals? Share your thoughts with our community!

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