Staying Focused

Even though the #30 Goals Challenge was intended as something to accomplish in 30 days, I feel a sense of worth as I continue to work through them.  I started the goals in July and now we are in December. I will finish the goals before December 23rd. Perhaps even tomorrow I might finish. It doesn’t matter when or if I finish to anyone but myself. There isn’t a diploma or certificate. No one in my building knows I’m even working on this professional development piece besides two of my co-workers who contribute on Twitter. I have not been doing any of these goals for anyone but myself and my students. I have so enjoyed the entire process. I cannot think of a better way to learn than if it is self-directed. In fact, I think I have put off finishing the goals because that will mean I will be done. Not that learning is ever finished…I have just felt that the goals have been attainable, challenging and meaningful for me. I fear it will take me some time to find another course that I will enjoy as much as the #30 Goals. Alas, all things must come to an end so I must contiune on to goal #28….Staying Focused.

Staying focused in general is challenging for me. I have a difficult time in lecture based meetings. I find my mind wandering to things that need to get done or what I’m teaching tomorrow or what I’m making for dinner. You see, I am not a linear thinker. My mind does not go from A to B to C. My mind goes from A to red to coffee to Paris. For some students, it is interesting to be in my classroom because of my continue battle to stay focused. One student said once, “I wonder what it would be like to be Madame.”  For other students, it is so difficult to be in my room. I never teach a lesson the same 2 times. My classroom is continually changing. This goes to staying focused.

My twitter network of educators (PLN) have helped me to find ways to focus my classroom. One is through web-branding. Through a group known as allofe,I have been able to organize my classroom to help stay focused and keep my classroom on goal. It has been very challenging and I am continually working on improving it. I cannot say enough good things about ALLOFE.

Also because of #30Goals, I submitted to participate in a technology conference. On March 22, I will be presenting at WEMTA. Because of this commitment, I must continue to stay focused on my technology goals for my classroom. By participating, it will help me to stay focused.

My goals for integrating technology in the classroom:

  1. Technology will be used to demonstrate learning.
  2. Tasks will be relevant and student-centered.
  3. No paper will be used in my classroom beyond a notebook for when technology is present.
  4. Each student will have a blog to use as a personal portfolio of their class work.
  5. Each student will receive a comment from someone outside of class.

I would love to hear other teachers’ goals for their classroom or suggestions on how to improve my focus. What are your goals for your classrooms? or schools?



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