One of the things I ask my students to do each year is to create a set of learning goals. This is separate from their IEP, but sometimes is intertwined. When students set goals for learning, they are taking charge of their education. Each quarter, I ask them to revisit these goals and reflect on their progress. Sometimes goals are modified to fit recent accomplishments or lack of motivation. Sometimes goals are thrown out and new ones emerge as their desires and ideas change through the year. I always tell them the important part is that you have something in writing to remind you, and that you are in a state of continuous reflection. So, where are my goals? I consider myself a life long learner. Even as teacher, I am constantly learning and striving to improve myself. I have goals, but as teachers, we are tempted to believe that we should know everything, be perfect. We hide our weaknesses and thus, over the years, I have made a fatal flaw. I have not shared my personal goals with my students. With that said…
GOAL #1: By the end of the school year, I will complete my coursework for obtaining my added supliment for Autism.
GOAL #2: Throughout the year, I will offer my students frequent opportunities to choose their own method of practice and demonstrating understanding. I will create a list of acceptable “options” for students which will be frequently reviewed and discussed with the class to increase engagement and motivation.
GOAL #3: I will teach, enforce and frequently reward Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills for character development.
GOAL #4: I will commit to maintaining my class blogs on a daily basis and encourage students to do the same.
GOAL #5: I will impliment portfolios for student growth and commit to quarterly documentation.