Nationwide Delivery To Your Doorstep
Guaranteed 90 Day Test Period

2020 Vision: Setting goals for this year of teaching

No Image
posted on 

Time and again we hear from life coaches, leaders and managers that the only way to move forward and to achieve your goals is to sit down, visualize what you want and set in motion a plan of making these dreams come true.

But what does this look like in the teaching landscape? What is it that you should be focusing on this year? What is your 2020 vision as a teacher?

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Get a handle on your time management

In almost every workshop, summit and training that we run, teachers express how difficult it is to manage everything that they have on their plate and to fit in everything that they need to do at school.

Setting out and trying to achieve everything is near impossible and leaves teachers feeling drained, exhausted and burnt out by the end of the year.

Having a plan in place, to help you manage your time is a great goal for 2020. Looking at your workload and understanding what is urgent, what is important, and what can be put on the back burner will help you to prioritize what you do when and how to allocate your energy.

Understanding where you can become more efficient and setting small targets within your time management plan can really help. One example that comes up often with newly qualified teachers is the amount of time it takes them to do marking. Investigating efficient marking techniques, setting yourself allocated marking time weekly and changing your assessment methods may all be strategies to help you achieve these targets.

2. Plan to succeed

The well-known adage “fail to prepare: prepare to fail” could not be truer. Setting a target around your lesson planning can make all the difference to the quality of your teaching and the type of teacher that you are.

Make this year your year of teaching to conquer lesson planning. Set aside time at the beginning of each term, month and week to plan where you want to go in your lessons and what exactly you want to achieve in terms of content and learning for your students.

Doing the planning beforehand will free you up to be in the present in your lessons and to meet the learning needs and classroom challenges as they arise.

3. Prioritize your own learning

You can’t expect to keep growing as a teacher if you do not prioritize your own learning. This year, decide what it is you want to learn and set about a plan to put it in place.

Whether it is through online learning, internal school training sessions with colleagues, or signing up- to a teaching journal, it is important that you prioritize your own professional development.

Brainstorm what you would like to know more about: special needs and barriers to learning in the classroom, effective classroom management, leadership skills, contemporary teaching practices – whatever it is that interests you, investigate your options and make a plan that will get you learning and up-skilling yourself.

This will make you a better teacher right now and will also make you more employable in the future.

4. Get that promotion

Do you want to take on a more qualified position? Do you want to be Head of Department? Maybe you want to be a Principal?

If you can’t visualize it, it’s not going to happen.

Think about where you would like you career to go. It is important that you plan this journey. Maybe the final destination will not be this year, but you need to know that you are moving purposefully in the right direction if you ever want to get there.

Once you know where you want to go, you can set about putting in place the steps needed to achieve this goal. Will you need additional training? Are their connections and collaborations you need to make? Should you get a mentor to help you along the way?

These are all valuable questions that will help you get that promotion one day.  

5. Have more balance

Every good teacher knows what it feels like to be juggling a million tasks at once. There is just so much to do at school.

Unfortunately, this often comes at the detriment of all the other things in life: family, health, friends, leisure activities, spirituality and inner peace.

Maybe for you, 2020 needs to be a year where you focus on and achieve a positive work-life balance.

Being a happier, whole, and satisfied person will make you a better, more efficient teacher.

Taking the time to visualize what a balanced life looks like to you, to identify where balance is lacking in your life, and then to put structured steps in place to achieve this balance is really a worthwhile vision for your 2020 year.

We interviewed Business Coach Zarina Moorad on TEACHERS' TV on how to set your goals for 2020. Click here to watch the interview and download our 
FREE printable SMART goals template (goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timebound). 

Showing page 1 of 0 pages

Blogger Profiles

  • Heleen Johnson

    Heleen Johnson is an Occupational Therapist with over 35 years of experience in the field of Education. Read more here.

  • Karen Leigh Benkenstein

    Karen Leigh Benkenstein is a fully qualified Foundation Phase Teacher, specializing in Special Needs children. She has taught children with a variety of educational and emotional barriers. Read more here.

  • Rachel Carey

    Rachel Carey has been working as a children's Occupational Therapist for the past 10 years. she has worked in both special needs and mainstream settings with children with a range of challenges and difficulties. Read more here.

  • Carla Kuhlmey

    Carla Kuhlmey taught in the Foundation Phase for 12 years before discovering a passion for helping learners with specific difficulties. She is currently working at a well known KZN Prep school as the Academic Support Teacher. She has been supporting parents and children at the school for the past 5 years.  

  • Charmaine Kendal

    With over 40 years of teaching and management experience, Charmaine Kendal has a wealth of wisdom to offer teachers.  The valuable lessons she has learned in the classroom and as deputy principal have equipped her with the skills to mentor and guide newly qualified teachers as well as to support more experienced staff. She is a published author, publishing youth literature and contributing to a number of textbooks. Charmaine has lectured education at tertiary level and has designed learning modules for education students. 

  • Lee Louw

    Lee Louw is a qualified pre-primary teacher with more than 20 years of experience. She has taught children from age 3 up to 8 as well as lecturing adults. She combines her work with Educanda with teaching ECD at a college. She has written 4 textbooks and 2 lecturers’ guides in the Educare field.