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This is the second and last article in this series. Here, I will explain what I mean about each goal. Your first task is to examine your skills in relation to these goals and decide which need to be addressed first, i.e. which skills need the most development. If you have a teaching mentor or teaching 'buddy', they may be able to help you prioritise these goals. You must have a written list of goals which are in a place where you see them often.


One of the most important priorities for any teacher early in the school year is to get to know the names of their students quickly. This will help establish a disciplined class room environment which is conducive to learning.


In the strict "teacher-tell" model of traditional educational approaches, teachers who sought to become friends with their students were outside the norm. In some cases, this kind of behavior was actually seen as a breach of ethics. Teachers were the experts and students were the novices and the gap between them was to be maintained to preserve both order in the class and the respect for authority needed for learning to occur.


I've said it before. In public education, there are more sad stories than happy endings. Even so, after graduation this year I have to admit that the happy endings might outweigh all that bad stuff. Well, not really, but at least for one glorious day, you can take a look at what accomplishment looks like.


"Ask me my three main priorities for Government, and I tell you: education, education and education," that's what Tony Blair had once said while delivering a speech at the Labour Party Conference (1996).


A number of years ago, when I was a co-founder of a private school in our community, we had the opportunity to build a school from the ground up, including writing the philosophy of the school. I encourage you to read it and then to write your own academic and curriculum philosophy.