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Chapter 2, Cornerstone: FOCUS of the Spark written by C. Downie

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Ahhh... focusing is the key.... I am not adhd, but in this area of my life I most certainly would qualify as selective adhd, if such a diagnosis existed!!!

I love the beginning of this chapter, and I may read it to my students when we are on our unit about goal setting. It allows one to visualize and truly understand the importance of goal setting. Yeh, I teach about goals, I know about goals and yes mine get all foggy as I live through my busy life. But my problem is exactly what I think the core thought of this chapter is getting to. I set my goals, I set mini goals to my long term goals but I do NOT focus, at all. I know what I want to do, I know I can do it but I allow being overwhelmed to get in my way. Maybe I need to break my goals into teeny tiny goals first... I think my mini goals are not mini enough. Starting from scratch- to the bare minimum you think you can do is where one should start.... it should snow ball into making the teeny tiny goals in to the more mini size ones. AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS -- especially if it allows you to FOCUS longer and increase your chances of staying motivated to stay focused.

This I will be spending time on... maybe make a blog on my spark page about- so it is in writing for all to see. That can be my first teeny tiny goal.. to start exploring this teeny tiny goal thing I need to design.

Good chapter, loved it, related to it and totally useful!
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  • AMYRENEE1967
    Good Idea, students need goals! They need to have meaning to what they are doing. As a district (and soon to be state-wide come 2014) we have every student write a Student Success Plan (we call it the SSP)and meet with them a couple of times a year (each student- time consuming yes but we are hoping it makes a difference) to review, change or add to their SSPs. It is SO great when a student sees it in black and white... that they achieved a goal and motivates them to set more.

    It seems so simple- but takes alot of work. This chapter will help me in many areas!
    2695 days ago
  • RWALTON730
    I teach too,and have thought about having my students go through a goal making process at least once a quarter. Maybe I will break it down to twice a quarter, once at the beginning and then again at midterm. (Just had that thought.)

    Like you, I have goals, but tend to lose focus and get overwhelmed with everything else going on in my life. I need to focus, and I think your idea of making teeny tiny goals is what I need to do.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    2696 days ago
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