My Focus

As I move into a new role this coming year, I want to make sure I focus on what is important, and not be overtaken by weeds. Too often the immediate and urgent tasks trump the important.

First, I need to decide what my areas of focus will be. I need to consider what is important to me for this year; and intend to consider both my work and home life.

So, here goes: a list of what I want to focus on, and the strategies I will use to maintain the foci.

Work:
Teacher supervision & evaluation
Smooth running of the school (duty schedules, detentions, and other structural
Visiting teachers and classrooms
Devote time regularly to professional reading
Strategies:
Hold initial goal meetings with teachers and explain how I want to encourage reflective teaching
Schedule time to go into classrooms. This is vital. I need to adhere to the schedule, as well, and give data feedback. In addition I need to set aside time to meet with teachers on a regular basis.
Consult stakeholders when making schedules etc
Set aside time (one hour every Sat & Sun) to devote to focused professional reading.

Home:
My children
My husband
Japanese language
Exercise
Strategies:
Spend at least 2 hours per Sat & Sun playing with each of them
Go out with Peter at least once per month.
Make a weekly focus on either Kanji, vocab, or grammar and spend at least one hour per weekend on that focus, in addition to homework.
Cross-train. Run up Sumiyoshi river once per weekend. Run on at least one other day of the week. Go to the gym every other day except Friday.

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About eadurkin

Originally a HS Mathematics teacher from New Zealand, currently working as Associate Principal in the Secondary School at Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe, Japan. Married with two children.
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