Set big goals
Know exactly what success looks like
Set big goals
Students make dramatic academic progress when, from the very beginning, teachers develop a clear, ambitious vision of success. Highly effective teachers know exactly where they want their students to be by the end of the year and realize that a bold (and some might say crazy) vision of student success can actually drive student achievement.
Powerful, big goals that are measurable, ambitious, and meaningful (B-1) are developed by considering four questions:
Develop a desire for academic success
Invest students & their families
Many highly successful teachers (and experts) boil the idea of student investment down to two factors: the students belief that they are able to achieve at high levels alongside their desire to do so. Or, stated more simply:
Student investment= "I can" x "I want"
For any endeavor, consciously or not, students are asking themselves "Can I do this?" and "Do I want to do this?". Your responsibility is to be sure that every student answers yes to both questions. Here are three key elements of doing so:
Create a welcoming
Create a culture
Offer relevant, appropriately challenging academic content
Maximize the impact of all these strategies by informing, involving and investing students’ families and other influencers (I-6)
How to get from there to here
Before taking any action, strong leaders ‐ be they in a board room, an operating room, or a classroom ‐ define the ultimate result they want, make clear how they will know they have succeeded and only then choose and design strategies to that end.
Think of purposeful planning ‐ for any type of plan, large or small ‐ as comprised of these three sequential principles: