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Purpose Teaching | Time Based Goals

Photo Credit by Chris Breeze

Photo Credit by Chris Breeze

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” Robert H. Goddard

Stressed Out K – 12 Education Series 2.8

Timing Out

Get out there ahead of the pack. Timed based goals are the only way to go when it comes to being accountable for your classroom success. Time out for making a goal that isn’t measurable. That doesn’t mean you can’t be flexible. Outlining your goals on a clearly defined timeline is a major part of assessing your performance even if you have to adjust the dates later. I’m just keeping it real with you. You can start developing your lesson plans strategy or whatever else your shooting for without strict timelines and end up with a lot of unnecessary stress. Failed attempts to meet rush deadlines and spinning your wheels trying to create forward movement aren’t worth it. The students suffer the most and you look silly not operating on a timeline.

Start the Clock

You’re fooling yourself to have goals like this, “My goal is to replace poor learning behaviors with rich and exciting strategies for growth and development,” without identifying when all this is to take place. Try restructuring your goal to, “I will leverage good classroom behaviors by immediately reviewing the rules and procedures at the beginning of class. I will take no longer than 60 seconds to manage (Ken Blanchard) negative behaviors and more on rewarding positive behaviors in a point system that keeps the student fully aware of what’s going on with their progress.” Both you, your students, and your boss will be bowling with the blinders off so to say.

Keep it Moving

Don’t skip the foundational steps. Design your goals the way an architect drafts up building plans. First he has the vision in his head. Next he sketches the ideas onto paper. Then he drafts the blueprints to scale. After that he may cut out a model. But before any building takes place you better believe he will test the soil for foundation strength. Your timeline like the architect’s is critical to project managing the events needed to complete the goal.

Build your plan for building trust and credibility with your students and their families over time. Be specific about it though. Set measurable goals that are attainable (2.6) and realistic (2.7). If you don’t do the time properly you won’t really appreciate it nor will you be able to produce consistent win-win results. There’s time to get it right the first time, if you don’t believe that then you won’t have time to do it over. Believe that then play to win.

As always please comment and share. What timelines have you set your goals into? Are they specific? Are they measurable? Are they attainable? Are they realistic and properly timed? You be the judge.

This is a new series called Stressed Out K – 12 Education. Over the next several weeks we will explore classroom issues surrounding special needs, at-risk behaviors, student – teacher and teacher – parent relationships, and much more as it relates to reducing stress created from educational systems, narrow minded thinking of difficult colleagues, and the headaches of some one else’s undisciplined kids.

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