In the last post, I shared with you how important it is to set goals for your classroom.
Unfortunately, setting goals is easy.
Reaching those goals is where many of us fall short.
That is why I created the Amazing Teacher Goal Creation Formula. I believe that if you follow this formula, you will create goals that will help you attain that success you desire for your classroom. I believe that you’ll never make a goal the same again once you learn this formula.
The first part of the formula is Identify Success. This is where you’ll start the process of setting your goal. In our example, we came up with the goal:
No students will fail my class.
It’s a good goal, but it’s not good enough.
Now, let’s plug it in to the second part of the formula.
Here is the second part of the Amazing Teacher Goal Creation Formula
Part 2: Make your goal amazing.
This is the scary part.
Anybody can make mediocre goals. Anybody can make goals that are easy to reach. You, however, are an amazing teacher, and amazing teachers set amazing goals.
This is where you start thinking big. You want to create a goal that makes you nervous. You want to shoot for the moon.
If you knew that you would not fail, what goal would you make?
This is how you have to think. You have to go big.
What does this mean? How can we change our sample goal to make it amazing?
Right now, our goal is: No students will fail my class. I know that for some of us, even that is a big goal. You’re saying, “Sam, you don’t know my kids.”
You’re right. I don’t know your kids, but I believe if you will follow this formula, you will not only reach this first goal, but you will reach even greater more amazing goals.
So, let’s change our goal to make it amazing.
Hold on to your seats. Here’s your new more amazing goal:
No students will receive less than a B in my class.
Now that’s an amazing goal!
You’re saying, “That’s not an amazing goal, it’s an impossible goal, Sam.”
It’s not impossible. It may be improbable. It may be a daunting goal, but these are the kind of goals that separate the amazing teachers from the good ones. You are an amazing teacher. I know, or else you wouldn’t be reading this blog. You would be like most teachers who are just going along, hoping for success. You are making success happen, and your first step is to set an amazing goal.
Most people hope for success; Successful people plan for success.
When it comes to your classroom success, you have to dream big.
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
In the next post, we’ll learn about the third part of the Amazing Teacher Goal Creation Formula.
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Until next time, here’s to your Success in the Classroom!