When I was in middle school, I chose to write down my daily tasks and fold them up in a piece of paper in my pocket, and before I went to sleep each night, I made a point to cross off the items of that list, or add them to a new list for the next day. I would never ignore my daily goals. I also realized that my daily goals were evolving into bigger goals. By the time I graduated from high school, I had achieved almost every goal I had set for myself. I once envisioned making my family proud and exiting the cycle of generational poverty by attending a university and not having debt, and that dream became a reality. And that habit of believing in realistic goals, creating an action plan to achieve those goals, and seeing clear results still gives me a dopamine rush to this day. What's better is when I get to exude these habits onto others around me.
One of the ways that I strive to earn buy-in from my students is by demonstrating that I am my own greatest critic. I humbly show them that I am far from perfect, and that I constantly readjust my teaching belief system to realign with the emerging goals of our teaching standards, instructional shifts, and student needs. This means that I am always working out ways to improve the learning of my students, and I believe the feedback I receive from the students energizes me to continue to evolve my work. My "True North" is pointed toward integrity, humility, discipline, and growth; without this moral compass, I would not be able to effectively backwards map for my students in order to adhere to their needs first.
My AVID sophomore students are on a great path towards achieving their own goals. After I focused on being proactive with them last week, I also discussed the power of their own personal beliefs. I reiterated the fact that our beliefs determine our lifestyles, so it's extremely important to transparently portray ourselves to the world. We completed our semester G.P.A. template, which stands for our Goals, Plan, and Actionable items. I am eager to watch these students hold themselves accountable to their goals, aligning their authentic beliefs with their actions for achieving positive results.