Wednesday, September 9, 2009
A Mental Map for Teacher Success
"As a man thinks, so is he..."
So what kind of a teacher do I want to be this year? What are my personal goals, my guiding principles, the mental targets I want automatically steer towards?
I have eight:
I choose to find it easy to greet staff members and students by name.
I choose to invent schedules, curriculum, and routines to support Special Education.
I choose to successfully utilize my aide to assist the learning of students.
I choose to find it easy to get ready for IEPs ahead of time.
I choose to feel as if parents and staff like me and appreciate what I do.
I choose to cleverly incorporate memory improvement lessons into my curriculum.
I choose to have fun doing my own memory improvement projects.
I choose to find satisfying ways to balance work and home.
It's hard to hit a target if you don't know what you're aiming for. But if you consistently remind yourself who you are, then you become that image.
I have some pretty good ideas of who I am and who I want to become.
Have your created your own mental map for personal success? Can you bring that map into focus?
If you can't picture the target... chances are...
If you can picture the tartet... chance are...
What are your chances?