Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Planning a Clear Vision

Sixth post in a series from our staff-led Institute Day.

Joe Bush presented an Institute Day session encouraging teachers determine the vision of their courses.  He emphasized the importance of both defining your vision for yourself as a teacher, as well as defining what you would like your students to take away from your course.  You can read more about this in his blog post.  

In his session, Joe began with the essential question of "Does Vision Setting Work?"

Then, he used the example of Bruce Lee to demonstrate the impact of planning a clear vision.

Joe stressed the importance of breaking down your vision into steps that will help you achieve your goals.  Here is a document that he developed to aid in this creation:

The biggest teacher take-away was the idea of asking yourself "Why?" five times.  This theory is a way to get to the root cause of an issue you are facing.  Here is an example that Joe provided:

I want to lose 20 lbs.
Why? So I feel better
Why? So I can move better
Why? So I can play with my kids
Why? Because I want to spend time with them
Why? Because i love them and want to be with them forever.

So the root cause is that you want to live for your kids rather than just losing 20 lbs.

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