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What are your career goals for 2014?

9 JAN 2014

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Forget 5:2 diets and finishing War and Peace, teachers tell us what 2014 has in store for their working lives, professional development and careers

Sarah Findlater is assistant principal at Riddlesdown Collegiate.

This year I am committing to ensuring I celebrate successes as much as I can, both with my staff and students alike. We all need to be and feel appreciated. I want to continue to strive to be the best leader I can; I care deeply about the staff and students I lead and hope never to stop wanting to be better for them. I have reflected a great deal about my marking and feedback practices and hope to continue improving them with my classes; it is one of the most powerful tools we have as teachers and I want my students to fully benefit from it. I have learnt a huge amount about educational technology over the last year and a half and now want to use it consistently well to help my students to progress. It is the future and we as educators are lagging behind. I also and I also want to have fun with my classes. I have some great classes this year and I want to have fun while we learn. Here’s to a great year.

Lindsey Newman, physics teacher, Buckinghamshire.

This year I want to start leading my own department because I know my ideas work in my classroom and I want to try them out in a wider setting, I also want to be more involved in the wider running of the school. I’m being supported by my current line manager and previous head of science, who have been mentoring me in preparation for taking on some responsibility and I’m on the look out for jobs to apply for.

My second career resolution is to get better at sharing resources within the department. I see so many excellent learning resources being used so often in my department and we should be better at sharing what is working and what isn’t. As teachers we are continuously reinventing the way we present information and so sharing the ways that are working can help us to plan outstanding learning experience while also saving us all some time.


Read full article: The Guardian