It’s easy to be overly ambitious this time of year and try to do a million things to be a better world language teacher. It’s also easy to be overwhelmed at the thought of all the changes you want to make.
We have to remember that real change takes time.
What is really important is knowing where you want to be in the end. What do you hope to have done by the end of the year? By the start of next year? If you know your big goal you can start to take small or big steps to get there. As long as you have a focus, you’ll be taking steps in the right direction.
We work with many teachers and departments that know they want to make shifts toward proficiency. They’ve heard so much about it over the years from ACTFL and other conferences and want to make changes. But how do you start? How do you keep moving? Some are hesitant to change until they have all the answers and have everyone on board. Some are diving in and trying a little of everything, but sometimes lose track of their big goal. Others are making huge strides by taking action with simple but strategic changes.
No need to wait until you have it ALL figured out. Believe me, my understanding of proficiency is still growing almost 10 years since my first training. Even the master teachers who inspire me most are still evolving and adapting and growing. You don’t have to change everything today, but take steps (large OR small) to move toward your big goals. Don’t be afraid to take off on your own. If others aren’t ready to take the same leap you are – that’s ok! Go for it anyway! It’s good to have the freedom to grow at our own pace.
Some of our upcoming posts will take a look at…
Student Goal Sheets
Whether you make a little change or transform your class…
keep moving in the direction of your big goals. You can do it!
Want to share your teaching goal? We’d love to cheer you on AND I’m sure it would help others plan their goals, too! Tell us about it in a comment below.
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