According to Dr. Pumpian’s presentation, starting with the end in mind is a habit of vision, and the best way to predict our future is to create it. Beginning with the end in mind comes easier for me as a teacher, both in terms of lesson and unit design, and it is beginning to get easier in leadership roles I have chosen, at least where the purpose and vision is already defined and I am charged with making it happen. In terms of areas I need to develop, these include the type of leadership I want to model and to be a part of and my authenticity as a leader. I have goals I want to achieve and several projects in mind, but sometimes have trouble following through with all of them.
A current goal this year, which came out of my needs assessment last semester is to use Asset Funds (not that money is available) to set-up a computer lab for students who do not have access to computers at home and need time to work after school. I need to better define what this will look like and the resources needed to make it successful. Viewing the end in mind and developing a blueprint will allow the project to be more successful.
My commitment this week in terms of teaching the habit—start with the end in mind—is to continue to teach my AP World History students. Last week, we looked at management strategies to be proactive in their workflow and in goal setting to improve their writing. This week we will focus on starting with the end in mind.
Steps: Have AP students
1. Start with an end goal to increase their learning
2. Select a goal to improve communication and prioritizing to get the results they want.
3. If the result isn’t what they intended in order to reach their goal, what will they change?