‘The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done?’ Michael Johnson
Look forwards, look backwards. Aspice Porro, Aspice Retro.
Each year, for the past 2 3
4 5 years, I have record my academic and career aspirations and reflected on my achievement and shortfalls. Originally this post focused on my teaching, then the focused changed to assess what the learners were achieving, before including a management review, primarily on the IT Strategy at Hamble College.
The second focus of the review included posts looked at the courses, books and events I wish to read or attend and my education goals (where time permitted). As my career has developed, so this process has developed, moving from a personal, classroom focused review to a leadership and strategic review of my own performance.
The first year of this blog, newly married, eager to progress, it would be fair to say that I was a little over ambitious. The second year, I tried to be more conservative after all my wife and I had just become parents to Harry Still. By the end of the second year I was working more closely with Senior Leadership and the review was moving away from a personal performance reviews and aspirations to a strategic performance reviews and targets. The third year was focused on significant IT projects before accepting an Assistant Headteacher position at the school. This, the fourth year of the blog, was my first full academic year as a Senior Leader and also saw the arrival of Freya Still and the retirement of the headteacher that appointed me and the arrival of a new Principal.
Current year 2011-12
Leadership Strategic Focus – Engaging Parents Raising Achievement and the development of the Parent Portal
PE and ICT Curriculum areas
Marketing and Branding
The use of Interactive Fiction in English
The gamification of education
Same Language Subtitling as a reading intervention
Previous years can be found as a sub set of Aspice Porro, Aspice Retro.