Elementary School Principal's Page
January 4, 2013
Make Goal Setting A Priority
Happy New Year! The start of a new year brings time to reflect on the past and begin to consider what can be. During this time many set “New Year’s Resolutions” or goals that they would like to accomplish over a certain period of time. Some are successful, while others eventually fall by the way side. Either way, taking time to set goals and make a plan to achieve those goals are worthwhile endeavors.
At MRHE there are many things that go on behind the scenes, goal setting being one of them. Our grade level teams meet each week in what we call “Data Teams”. During these weekly conversations, our teachers are constantly learning new teaching practices, using student achievement data to make decisions about instruction, collaborating with each other to individualize what they do for each child, and set goals for future work. This practice is time intensive, but highly rewarding. Through this process, teachers are able to identify specific areas where students are struggling or areas where students have mastered the content. For example, in these conversations one teacher might notice that her students did really well on an assessment on measurement. This teacher would then share strategies she used with her colleagues. The ultimate goal is to increase achievement for all of our students.
Goal setting is important. Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” This is true. By making goal setting a priority in our school community, we have steps we can work toward in our quest to make sure all of our students are excelling in their learning. By setting goals, we have something to work toward. Again, Happy New Year! I’m looking to a wonderful 2013 at MRHE.
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