Never Work Harder Than Your Students Action PlanNovember 15, 2009
According to Never Work Harder Than Your Students, any teacher can become a master teacher by applying 7 basic principles:
- Master teachers start where their students are.
- Master teachers know where their students are going.
- Master teachers expect to get their students to their goal.
- Master teachers support their students along the way.
- Master teachers use feedback to help them and their students get better.
- Master teachers focus on quality rather than quantity.
- Master teachers never work harder than their students.
When I took the pretest, I scored a total of 138 — just on the beginning edge of “Practitioner”, but most of my average scores on each principle were between 2 and 3. According to the book, I now need to set up an Action Plan to address those principles whose scores were closest to 3, which are principles 3, 5, and 6. Since I am supposed to start with one principle at a time, I will start with 3: Master teachers expect to get their students to their goal.
The action plan is divided into eight parts:
- Identify the Principle I will work to develop and conduct an analysis of how I have been applying the principle to my practice so far.
- Use the Getting Started steps to to help figure out what specific steps I will need to take in order to improve my practice of the principle.
- Detail what Specific Actions I will take in order to apply each Getting Started step to my own teaching.
- Decide what feedback (Evidence) I will collect to tell whether I am making progress.
- Identify any Resources I will need to implement the action steps.
- Identify a Due Date for when I will implement each step.
- Anticipate any Obstacles I may face along the way.
- Think about how I will Monitor my progress and when my Completion Date will be.