May 10, 2019


It’s about that time when schools start to get ready for summer break and end their school year. Teachers, I know you’re excited to have summers off, but it’s important to reflect on the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the school year. Look at the list you wrote yourself and examine it. Did you accomplish your goals? Did you stray off a little on one or two? Really think about it. It’s important to see which areas you nailed and which ones you struggled with so you can make adjustments for next year.


By looking at your recent goals list, it will help you to begin next school year’s list. On top of that there’s some other helpful ways to set your goals for next year. My School Dance listed them below:


  • FeedbackStudent feedback is extremely crucial. Create a short survey and at the end of the year have students give you feedback on your teaching methods, areas to improve, etc.
  • SuccessesGo through the year and write down your top 10 successes. These can be projects that were super popular, a lesson plan you loved, or even helping a student raise their grade. 
  • Then & Now Reflect on your past goals list throughout the years to see how far you’ve come. This will encourage you to set even bigger goals for next year.
  • ColleaguesTalk with your coworkers and compare goal sheets. See if they have something that you might want to implement. Get their feedback on your teaching style and areas you can improve.
  • Situational InstancesThink about the times when an issue or situation arose and you didn’t know how to handle it at the time. Now that it has happened, think about what you would have done differently or if you would’ve changed anything.


After doing some of these helpful exercises, begin thinking about next school year. What do you want to do differently? What do you want to do the same? Is there something new you’ve always wanted to try out and you think this year is the time? Whatever it is, it’s important to begin planning these goals out now. By the time the school year comes around, you’ll be slammed with lesson plans, meet the teacher nights, and grading.


By planning and setting your goals at the end of this school year, everything will be fresh in your mind. Plus, by the time you come back in the fall you’ll be able to look over your list and have an idea of how you want to start this school year.


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Stephanie Hamilton