MAKE A PLAN
With the fast pace of life today, it is very easy to see why individuals loose their 'vision' for their life. In between day to day routine, it is hard to stay focussed.
I have been working hard on keeping my vision this year, being one of my new years resolution... hopefully I can share some ideas which you might be able to apply to your life and get back some inspiration for your own vision.
You need to have a few visions. I have personal goals, career goals, emotional goals, adventure goals and more... but I use the same avenues to pursue my dreams.
Dream Board and Planning
I made all my kids start their own dream board in the holidays at the beginning of the year. They all had to collect pictures of things that were important to them. Whether it be pictures of holidays, small personal items that they wanted to purchase with pocket money or things they wanted to save up for over a longer time frame. We then looked at setting goals both short term and long term, in relation to their lives and what they value. I encouraged them to think outside the box... and then made myself do the same thing.
I set goals that appealed to me, interested me, motivated me and inspired me. I collected, and still collect, pictures that inspire me to achieve gaols I've set for the week, the month and the year. I also consciously spend time each month recording my professional development using a website based program (www.weebly.com).
The AITSL Professional Standards for Teaching, should govern your career development and direction for your professional development. These standards are found on www.aitsl.edu.au and I highly recommend you have this on display in your office or easily accessible in your program or portfolio. Develop a plan at the beginning of each year to select which description and standards you are focusing on set clear goals.
Doing short courses, conferences or simply reading motivational books can give you inspiration to be the best person you can be. Happiness is a decision and each day is a journey. I look at moments as "teachable moments". How can I learn in each challenging situation ? Choose to use each difficult situation as an opportunity to grow and learn... I'm a huge believer in "if you don't learn your lessons, they will keep repeating until you get it right."
Spend time by yourself, re-evaluating your goals, not only for this week but this month, this year and 10 years from now. Where do you want to be ? What do you want to be doing ? What do you want to achieve? Put steps in place to achieve these goals and keep accountable to yourself... use your dream board or diary.
Motivation and Have Fun!
You need motivation.. to sustain your passion! Read books, join supportive social media groups, find a mentor, become a mentor, attend conferences, share your experiences, work collaboratively with parents, colleagues and the community..... find your purpose with action!
Motivation can be hard to maintain. Having a family, financial responsibilities, as well as a career and life can be challenging to keep up your personal motivation. Solution... HAVE FUN! I think we all forget to have fun. We get so bogged down in life, or in that difficult moment, we forget to just have fun. Try laughing next time instead of stressing out! Take a brain break in your classroom (or at home) and play your favourite song loud (I love "Happy" by Pharrell) and dance like no one is watching!!!!
There's a reason why theme parks are a hit with the adults... they make us laugh, have fun and feel carefree like a child.
To develop into a quality teacher, you must find the right balance of support and inspiration throughout your career. I can not emphasise how vital it is to have a healthy and professional support network around you as you grow professionally. Networking in all areas of your career: leadership, resources, development, teaching strategies, curriculum differentiation etc... Social media and the web have a wide variety of effective and accessible options for busy teachers of today. One such site for resources is Designed By Teachers, which I have only just discovered in the past month. This site was created by Australian Teachers and I highly recommend the next time you have 10-15 minutes, take the time to view some of the innovative resources available for teachers in early childhood, primary and secondary education. The talent of Australian Teachers is quite superior and this site enables all Australian Teachers to access each other's expertise.... brilliant for the new or beginning teachers and a great support for experienced teacher seeking some inspiration for their classrooms!
LASTLY... the TEACHER'S TOOL KIT on http://www.toolkit.aitsl.edu.au/ is absolutely brilliant and packed with support to help you navigate your career at all stages! Easy to use website with a wide variety of tools and guidelines to help you develop into an effective teacher!
It's important that each of you have hopes, dreams and goals to achieve. We all have a purpose in life and a desire to fulfil that purpose.
I hope this helps your own journey in life and motivated you to achieve the dreams you set.
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Rachel Wills is the Founder and Executive Teacher @ Boost Education Australia. Graduating with a Bachelor of Education as a 'targeted graduate' she has been teaching for 17+ years and has spent the last 14 years working with students with learning difficulties and disorders.
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