*Never Work Harder Than Your Students* Action Plan

November 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.

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