Goal Number One: Incorporate Walker’s ‘Teach like Finland’ strategies into my teaching practice such as building relationships with students, giving breaks, and learning outdoors when possible.
- Use the student’s name.
- Find out what students’ interests are and try to incorporate that into my teaching practice
- Ask about students’ lives.
- Be present in the hallway.
- Greet students as they enter the classroom in the morning.
- Give five-minute breaks in between learning tasks when possible.
- Teach and learn outdoors whenever possible.
Goal Number Two: Spend more time reflecting on teaching experiences after they occur.
- Thinking about what I would change if I were to do a lesson plan again.
- Talk to at least two people about how they think my lesson went (cooperating teacher, teaching partner, field advisor, students, etc.)
- Write down changes I would make or would like to try down on the lesson plan the same day I taught it.
- Blog about my teaching experiences at least once a week.
- Take pictures of meaningful learning experiences or ideas to reflect on at a later date.
Goal Number Three: Become more present in the school community both in and outside the classroom.
- Spend noon hours in the staff room.
- Volunteer to help out with supervision during recess.
- Interact with others in the school community via twitter.
- Get involved in at least one extra-curricular activity.
- Attend school and community functions outside of regular school hours.