Planning for Personal Growth

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“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work the more I have of it.” 

Thomas Jefferson

Describing success is harder as we get older. Milestones are set for childhood development, reading levels and benchmarks identify personal growth and success. Teachers write reports measured against outcomes. In between managing the school community and answering emails, Principals are responsible for school growth and achievement.

The Professional Development Plan identifies professional growth.

How do you measure personal growth?

The Personal Growth Process (PGP) model holds that psychological safety and being willing to change are prerequisites for growth to occur. The PGP model frames personal growth as being a combination of life satisfaction, harmony, and authenticity.

The PGP model describes personal growth as a holistic process.

Professional growth is more than completing compliance and mandatory tasks. Professional development associated with the implementation of new curriculum can develop your practice.

Planning for personal growth is the first step toward improving life satisfaction.
Teachers are time-poor. Social norms and values are barriers when trying to fund time to engage in activities that you want to engage with.

It is easy to find barriers to make time for you to look ahead and act to be the best future you.

Personal growth can be described as a journey. You can start by identifying elements of your life that you want to improve. This might be your physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual health. The internet has pages and pages of activities and strategies that you could use to start planning for your personal growth journey.

Teachers are skilled planners of activities to drive learning for students. The same skills that you use to plan learning activities and how you will measure student achievement are the same skills you could apply to planning for you.

How are you thinking about your growth?

Don’t wait for the New Year!