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What Iíve learned about Action Plans


Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Where am I going to be in 12 weeks Ė in a year Ė in 5 years? One of my challenges today was to blog about visualization. And as I thought about the future and where I wanted to be, it reminded me of the Action Plans that I use with my student teachers (regardless of how good they are) as a tool for continuous improvement. I know a lot about Action Plans and use them very, very successfully with novice teachers. Time to take some of that knowledge and apply it to make my future more successful! I should be applying these same techniques to my life in a more formal way.

Here are the steps in completing an action plan- Identify:
What needs to be done?
By when?
What resources?
What evidence indicates this progress?
How and when will evidence be gathered?
Follow the timeline and reflect on progress.( we set a date to do this)

One of the things Iíve learned from novice teachers is that the most important steps in the entire process are identifying what evidence indicates progress, collecting data and reflecting on how the experiences (what one has been doing) is helping or hindering meeting goals.
And considering the next steps
a. If no change or slight change is noted, what could be done differently or in addition to what is already happening?
b. If change is noted, what might need to be continued or what might need to be added to extend learning?
c. When are we going to stop and evaluate again.?

Even though I know those are the most important steps, I neglected them. I havenít been as intentional as I should have been in setting dates to stop and analyze how I am doing. So as I weight in each Wednesday for BLC, it is also going to be my day for reflection. I am going to review my food tracking and my fitness; I am going to review the past week and think about my experiences and the choices I have made. And then I am going to consider the next steps (a,b, and c). If you are interested in how I am ding, check out my blog on Wednesdays. And if you try the steps yourself, please let me know how it goes.
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SKINNYSTRUMMER 1/16/2013 11:33AM

    You are so right - a goal is nothing if there is no steps or reflection. Thanks for the reminder!

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MAHGRET 1/16/2013 11:32AM

    I love that you have the step in there to re-evaluate and determine the path forward each time- I think we are reluctant to have an action plan because we fear it is setting us up to fail, when really it is all about acting intentionally. Serious food for thought, thanks!

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SOUTHERNSMILES 1/16/2013 10:40AM

    So natural to do it at work. Why are we so resistant to doing it at home? Wishing you well!

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DLDROST 1/16/2013 10:36AM

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