Although our post begins with a negative, it IS intended to elicit positive actions.
- Don’t wait for grades to come out to find out how you are doing
- Don’t wait for the teacher to reach out to you (students OR parents)
- Don’t wait until six months into the year before you take action and adjust your processes to each new teacher and class expectation
- Don’t wait to ask for help if you feel you need it
- Don’t wait for parent-teacher conferences to find out how your student is doing or to ask important questions or voice key concerns
- Don’t just hope for the best. Find out what it will take, and work on ways to make it happen
The new year is well underway, and as I review the list above, I realize this could go on and on. Also, I intended to spin each of these into a “DO”; HOWEVER, I do not believe that would allow each of us to think about what we are “waiting on” and then generate ideas and solutions so that we can TAKE ACTION, move forward and accelerate progress and results.
1. Think about what you are “waiting” for or perhaps putting off or avoiding.
2. Ask yourself why, try to find the roots, and work through the obstacles.
3. Revisit goals for the year – what DO I want to accomplish or see happen?
4. Problem solve by asking “what will it take” to complete this task? Then, repeat until you have some concrete action steps.
5. Make a plan for carrying out and completing these action items.
6. Assess and adjust as you go.
This week’s advice is simple: make the most of your time and resources during this important time of year. We can guide you. As you head into (or have just wrapped up) parent-teacher conferences, and as you review grades and feedback, check out the fantastic (and sometimes FREE) resources we are posting both here and via our social media sites, and be sure to check out our online courses and materials for detailed instructions and tools to help along the way. We have solutions to help you problem solve and make positive changes in your lives or those of the students with whom you work.