The National Association of Agricultural Educators Virtual Book Club has given me the opportunity to reflect on my teaching practice this summer as I joined others in our reading and discussion. One of our final assignments included determining goals for the upcoming year and developing a plan to hold us accountable to those goals by answering these questions:
- Who would be in your P2LN (Personal and Professional Learning Network)? This may not necessarily be a person. It could be an association that you reach out to, or a group/resource on social media.
- How do you plan to implement them throughout the year?
- How can you reflect, or be held accountable for your plan? Is there a person you can reach out to, certain times of the year to check in to your plan to make sure you are on course?
In my continued quest to be blog more frequently and as a way to hold myself accountable, here these goals are, out in the social media world for whomever is reading to see and call me out on down the road. Please note that this is a long post. Also, I tried a new to me infographic tool for this. It was Canva. The link to the infographic online is here.
Here’s the “mini plan” for each goal to answer the questions that go with it.
Personal 1: Fitness
My P2LN will be the “Sassy Fitness Friends” Group on Facebook plus my Fitbit app. Through my network of “Sassy,” I will set and share goals and challenges. I will be accountable through check-ins with them. As a Fitbit user, there will also be digital accountability. I did fairly well with my health when I was involved with this group last school year but let it slide as summer came.
Personal 2: Stillness
This might be one of the more challenging goals for me. I am always a busy and on the go person and stillness and quiet is something I frequently neglect. This is a goal that I will share with a network of my female friends as well as some friends I know by being in a church. I recently shared a small quiet challenge I was doing and already one of my male friends checked in on my progress. I have learned that my newest Fitbit has a guided breathing session option, so I think this might help me work towards this goal.
Personal 3: Cleanliness
My basement is a disaster. It’s where the “stuff” goes when I am cleaning the rest of the house. It has accumulated materials I moved from house to house from college and my father’s possessions from his passing (19 years ago). I always find an excuse not to clean up down there, so here it is, out in public, an open commitment to spend 20 minutes a week down there. To achieve this, I am going to put a weekly Friday reminder in my phone so hopefully I tackle this on a weekend regularly. I will let my significant other and one aunt know that they are to check on me and call me out on this. Note that I really don’t want to be typing this as I know it is something I have neglected, must do, and have now just told all of you my “dirty” secret so I am accountable.
Professional 1: Mentoring
This year, I was asked to be a virtual mentor to a Penn State Student. I hope that some of the accountability in this will come from hearing from her if she feels I am not giving her the feedback she feels she needs. I set my goal at two people, however, so through the social media networks I am in and pre-service or new teachers I learn about I can seek out the opportunity to work with them and help them grow as well.
Professional 2: Recognizing
In addition to the NAAE Book Club I was in, I also participated in the Educators Book Club on Facebook reading “Kids Deserve It.” I need to do a better job of recognizing both students and colleagues for not just their successes, but their efforts as well. I have set up reminders to alert me on a weekly basis that it is time to recognize someone.
Professional 3: Recording and Reflecting
I am a fairly high tech teacher. However, as I was in multiple book clubs this summer, as well as traveling and seeing things I could picture incorporating in class, I realized maybe I should go “old school” with a notebook of some sort to organize my ideas. Highlighting on a Kindle is fine, but to flip back and find those ideas and implement them is sometimes lost. I’d been toying with this idea and since it was professional goal setting time, I figure maybe that was my “sign” to turn the thought into action. Now to get down to the basement and find an unused notebook. 😉
Now that you’ve read these, please put a reminder or two in your phone or on your paper calendar to check in on me every so often and make me accountable.