If you are like me, when you reach this point in the year, you probably are shocked that over half the year has already gone by. But at the same time, you can almost smell Spring in the air. It is energizing and brings sense memories of the warm days and celebrations that will come. This time of year is also a good time to take stock of where we are and how we are doing, collectively as well as individually for our own personal goals.
Continual Improvement is the overarching goal for all of us in education. It translates into the belief that we all can and should get better - however you may define that. The compelling reason for this goal is a simple one; only if we get better can we improve outcomes for our students. The future is here, and we all must work together to build the kind of learning community that prepares our students to be the best that they can be - as well as savvy and caring global citizens.
The best learning is self-directed. We continue to strive to improve our teaching so that students do the "heavy lifting." Please talk to your student about the goals they have set for themselves. Ask them, "Why that goal? What is it about that subject area that excites you? Will you be able to apply what you learn to something right now that will help to make this world a better place?"
As we get excited about the coming seasons, let's also get excited about living up to our best potential, and share the results with each other. Believe me, it will make those warm days all the more enjoyable.