Education is a limitless job. There are countless paths to travel. We have to continually make decisions about where we invest our time and attention.
When we don't make those decisions, and we don't share those decisions explicitly, we run the risk of working with less depth, result, and care.
Yet, on the other hand, if we don't risk pushing the boundaries now and then, we won't develop our craft, practice, and impact. Pushing the boundaries and risk can crowd the schedule at times and create disruption.
This is the ebb and flow of good work, work that demands reflection, adjustment, and decision.
The new evaluation system in Massachusetts requires that educators and leaders prioritize by setting goals that match system-wide vision and goals.
To develop this process with greater impact, it would be great if we started sharing our goals with one another. The more comfortable we are with sharing our goals, the better we'll be able to support one another.
If you're feeling like you're spread too thin, it's probably time to reassess where you are putting your time and attention. After that eliminate the efforts you're not developing and add new, more targeted endeavor to move in the direction you desire.
This is a scattered post, but one that leads me to think about how I can use the evaluation system process as one vehicle for prioritization, prioritization which will help me to develop my craft with care and success.