Career Goals for the New Year - Reflect and be Prepared

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Entering into a new year is usually a time for all of us to reflect on our past accomplishment and future goals. For some, it is a realization that their teaching career has lost direction, and it is time to make a change, whether it is big or small.

Making a resolution that affects your teaching career is nothing more than setting a goal; however, the secret is to ensure that your goals are achievable and within reach.

The following is a list of tips that will help you realize your dreams in the New Year:

  1. Enhance Your Teaching Skills: Now is a great time to embark on career development... attend online seminars or workshops, read a few relevant industry books or take night classes. Keep your skills current and relevant to remain competitive.
  2. Update Your Resume: Most people do not give a second thought to their resume once they have secured a full time teaching job. In today's ever-changing world, job security is a thing of the past, and you need to be prepared for any unplanned career change. It is a good idea to ensure that your resume is always updated... just in case. Be noticed, be impressive, be the one they call!
  3. Reflect On Your Teaching Goals and Objectives: Reflect on the past year's accomplishments and rewards. Make a list of all your achievements, and document why you were successful. Remain proactive and set aside some time to meet with your principal or district supervisor in order to examine your new goals for this year.
  4. Create a Teaching Portfolio: Spend some time thinking and organizing a Teaching Portfolio. You will want to ensure documented evidence of teaching that is connected to the specifics, and go beyond exclusive reliance on student ratings. You can include samples of student work, self-reflections, reports on classroom research, and faculty development participation. Think about effective teaching and what good standards in teaching practices. Include such items as course planning and preparation, actual teaching presentations, written comments from student evaluations, or tapes of actual class sessions, feedback, and your Philosophy of Education.

Remember that it is never too late to re-examine your career goals. All it takes is a little drive and ambition to realize your dreams. Don't let this year pass you by...

 

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