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Reflections on Goal setting for students

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Reporting for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards requires that each student writes a comment on what they have achieved during the past year and whether they have attained their goals. At Hawkesdale P12 College students are asked to set goals at the beginning of each semester, describe how they intend to achieve those goals, any difficulties they may face and how they might overcome those. Anne Baird, from Wedderburn P12 College, has encouraged all her students to develop e-portfolios, where students can document their progress towards their goals, as well as having a showcase of all their work. Jesse has produced an excellent example of a year 8 student’s work in goal setting at Jesse’s Goal Setting Wiki.

Most students find setting goals quite difficult and need prompting about where they need to improve and how they can work towards achieving their goals. Good goals to have are SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. (I don’t know who to attribute this to – but it’s not my idea!)

My Worst Job Ever!


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Looking back on your life, what was the “worst job” you ever had that ironically helped prepare you to one day become an educator?

Christian started the ball rolling by describing his gig as “Binky the Clown” for a Pizza Hut children’s birthday party. He tagged Damian, among others, and Damian passed the torch to dmcordell, who passed it on to murcha, who passed it to me.

Most memes require that you link back to the person who tags you, address the theme, and tag other bloggers to keep the theme alive.

After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Latrobe University I applied for dozens of jobs as a lab assistant or similar, without success. When the father of a friend offered me a job in the city, working in a share registry, I jumped at the chance. It was one of the most soul-destroying jobs I have had – stamping numbers on share transfers, filing, data-entry and answering the phone. The highlight of my day was running downstairs to buy a doughnut for morning tea! I lasted almost a full year, before moving to Darwin.

Funnily enough, I had a job there as a children’s party hostess, and part of that job was dressing up as the company mascot, the “Billabong Bear” – a very hot and sweaty proposition in tropical Northern Territory! It was much more fun than the share registry, I promise.

Since the share registry, I haven’t worked in an office (except a brief stint overseas at British Telecom). I guess that one of the things you learn is how to relate to your colleagues – sometimes good manners is just not enough. Understanding a person’s character and knowing their strengths and weaknesses is an important skill as a teacher. Keeping team morale high and getting the best out of everyone is challenging, but worthwhile.

Perhaps one of the most important things, that helped me become an educator, is to have high standards – expect the best from my students. Because if they don’t try their best, they may be destined for a lifetime of boring and unfulfilling jobs – or no job at all.

I tag MargM; Bexta; Faye; Denise and Madam Mim