Why You Need a Teaching Bucket List
July 19, 2017
Everyone has a bucket list: places they want to go, experiences they want to have, etc. Bucket lists are wonderful things. They motivate, they challenge, and who doesn’t want to cross things off a list.
Let’s use that energy to become the educators we want to be. Oh wait! First we have to figure that out. Maybe not…
When you virtually stand in your classroom, office, teaching space, what do you want to see, do, say, feel?
I have a teacher friend, who wanted to be a better writing teacher or perhaps she thought she wanted her writing block to be more successful. That’s a big goal. What made her think that? Was she disappointed with the student output? Were her mini-lessons not tight enough? Conferring? You get the idea.
Focus. Pick 5 things for your 2017-18 (or summer) bucket list. What are those things you are going to accomplish? Last year, one of the teams all went through their classroom libraries with the intent of getting more students involved with more diverse books.
Make your bucket list. Mark your progress. Enlist colleagues.