Goal Setting 101

For a substitute teacher, there is plenty to ready besides stuffing your bag with the must have items for school. In fact, getting your essentials in order is just a small part of the preparation.

It reminds me of a noteworthy quote that I’m sure you can recall:

“The game [of golf] is 10% physical; 90% mental.”
– Jack Nicklaus

I believe that the same holds true for those who substitute teach. Our job is rigorous and demanding physically, but it takes even more mental stamina to get through the day, positively.

I’m a firm believer in goal setting. In fact, I think that setting goals can build and strengthen that mental stamina, especially for substitute teachers. It is easy to get bogged down in the mundane, day to day, in and out, nomadic life of a sub. However, if you can create a list of things you want to accomplish each day or during your time as a substitute, I believe it can really put a positive spin on each an every day.

  • Start by listing some things that could make your day brighter, go more smoothly, create some fun/adventure while you sub.
  • Add things that you would like to accomplish in your career & things that  can help further you in your path to pursue a job.
  • Ask yourself how can you take advantage of your job as a substitute teacher& what can you learn from this experience.

Once these thoughts are jotted down, begin to formulate a set of goals for the year. Here are some suggestions: get involved in the school community through volunteering, commit to journaling positive experiences & good ideas, work to build strong relationships with building principals, achieve a set number of observations & letter of reccomendations, attend professional development workshops, be better prepared with materials & ideas for down time while teaching.

I hope that by completing a list of goals, you will be able to find fulfillment in your day to day and that you can find a bit of sunshine peaking through the often times cloudy days of subbing.

miss miller

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