Day 144 (of 184) future focus
“No matter what we are doing or what decision we are making, the Dalai Lama suggests these self-queries for checking our motivation:
Is it just for me, or for others?
For the benefit of the few, or the many?
For now, or for the future?”
Excerpt From: Goleman, Daniel. “Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence.”
I like that this book brought one of my key words into foci: intention. I regularly ask & check in to see if I (and others) know what their intention is -specifically in the classroom.
Sometimes the focus is “big” such as our schools work on eportfolios as our intention is to find a ‘method’ better than the 100+ year old report card (which relies on summative assessments) to “communicate student learning” (which is focused on the formative assessment that occurs so often within our classrooms)
Sometimes it is on the classroom: I had a discussion with a teacher about the amount of cursive script her learners were practicing – the. I leaned that the students used it as a self-regulation device to settle into learning after recess. Her intention wasn’t so much about the practice as it was about getting her students ready for more learning.
Always a good reminder to think I you are doing something for yourself or for others AND if goal is short- or long-term. The nice part is that many answers are right….as long as you keep your Focua.