The information that is gathered from session evaluations is helpful for looking critically at what I do and how effective it is in the eye of the teachers. One area of concern for me recently has been my ability to convey the connection between the various workshops that I have led and the AZCCRS (that is Arizona College and Career Ready Standards for those outside of AZ).
In short, this post is more for me than any audience but perhaps it will inspire at least a few people to set some goals based on data.
The last two days have been spent preparing for an upcoming session focused on increasing student engagement at a higher cognitive demand with a colleague. At the beginning of the process we wrote the goals for the session and discussed the idea that we wanted to stress the connection between the strategies we will be modeling and the AZCCRS.
Having the data has been helpful in helping me set a personal goal. However, the most important factor in me taking the first step toward reaching this goal is the collaborative process that has occurred over the last two days. Having another person to reflect and brainstorm with has been invaluable. Soon enough I will be able to see if this first step has been successful.
Happy new year!