When I start back at school next week, one of the things I will be asked to do is to write down my professional goals for the year. I really cannot remember what I wrote last year but what I do know is that my year of firsts totally surpassed what I might have hoped for this time last year. After such an amazing year of growth and learning I am finding it hard to define my tangible goals for 2011.
I know I want to continue blogging, aiming still to write weekly, a mix of ideas, thoughts and reflections seem to work for me.
I know I want to continue to improve my knowledge of technological tools and to continue to increase the ways I use technology in my classroom.
I know I want to continue to develop a student centred classroom aiming help every student in my class learn in meaninglful ways.
I know I want to reach out to other members of staff and other educators with my techie brekkie sessions and website. This year I am aiming to involve more staff from the high school in these and to possibly open them up to other local schools.
One tangible, yet possibly not achievable goal I have, is to be selected for the Google Teacher Academy, which will be held in Sydney in April. Whether my one minute video will be enough to see me into the short list of 50 educators from around Australia and South East Asia remains to be seen. Even if I do not make it though, just the act of putting together a one minute video was a learning curve for me. To start with I only found out about the application process on the last day of school term last year, so I had to use photographs I had already taken. Secondly making a movie of only one minute that told my story was not an easy task.
Still, ‘you have to be in it to win it’ and ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’.