With a new school year started, we are busy thinking about all the things we want to accomplish this year. We are thinking about our reading scores, our math curriculum, our science standards, our fine arts, our athletic teams, our building goals, our community’s expectations, and our state reports (couldn’t resist!)
In the midst of all of the ‘doing’, we need to take time to determine the validity of the doing. Educators are great at searching for “the how” to improve scores, implement curriculum, unpack standards, build students relationship and support district initiatives. We need to be even better at knowing “the what” and “the why”.
It makes no sense to look for new instructional strategies if we are not clear as to the type of instruction we want – or need. We must take the time to continually reflect on what we want and need to succeed. We cannot do what we have always done just because it is comfortable. We should do it because we get the results we need. We must be clear about our vision, our passion, and our needs. Then, we can determine our action steps. The “how” must never come before the “what” and the “why”.
Once we define our purpose, then we determine our practices.