I’ve spent the last couple years making my world bigger, now I’m going to make it smaller. I’m refocusing, I’m dedicating myself to one purpose.
In the past couple years, I’ve spent a lot of time networking in order to learn more about teaching with the hopes of using what I’ve learned to help my students achieve more. I came to the point where I had learned a lot and felt that I should share it with others who didn’t know as much about certain tools, or resources, or research, or methodologies as I did. That’s fine. That’s not a bad thing, and I’ve had a lot of fun presenting and working with people online. However, I’ve lost a little focus along the way.
No longer was I looking to just learn more in order to better teach my students. I have been trying to tackle too much. I have high hopes of making online learning a viable option for students and schools across the country. But, I have failed to do the one thing that really needs to be done ahead of all my other goals, get my students learning as much as they can in my classes. I spend so much time on my classes and really thought that I had been giving it my all, but to be honest, there is still more I can do.
I am refocusing my purpose. Time that I spend at home on Twitter or in CR 2.0, I can use to call my kids. Time that I spend preparing for conference presentations, I can spend building better examples for my online students. Time that I have spent emailing and chatting with people in my networks, I can spend creating audio recordings for my lessons. There is so much more that I can do to help my kids that I have to refocus all of my energy on that until I figure out what works.
The first couple weeks of school have been very dramatic, a lot has changed, budget cuts and a reemphasizing of fundamentals has overtaken our school. These changes and challenges have made me really examine my goals for the year.
Instead of several wide ranging goals like I had last year, I’ve narrowed it down to one. Just one little thing. Nothing else.
Get all of my kids to pass all of my classes and learn to the best of their ability. That’s it.
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