Planning?! sooner or later

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A goal without a plan is just a wish.


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Yes, it’s true. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the things that I have to do, I think I should do, and what I believe have to do.  Trying to solve these emotions- and feel relieved!- I will write a To-do list, add a goal on Momentum on my screen, add them to my tasks, my planner, etc. I poured out my thoughts.  I will even practice some relaxation exercises to calm my mind. But until the moment that I sit down and plan, I won’t find peace. 

All these weeks I’ve been working on my final COETAIL final project with the PYP exhibition. Then, I’ve been thinking (and overthinking) about the post that I should write for my blog. Beginning something new and leaving it on the way. I finally realized that more than thinking, I was reflecting on my learning experience during my COETAIL journey. I started to identify how different topics were finding a place in a real scenario. Making connections: theory versus practice. 

I also faced a new big challenge:  find my voice. On this final course, we have neither weekly readings nor group projects. Moreover, no deadlines until the last day of the course.

So, after procrastinating and overthinking while doing the hands-on part of my project and reflecting on it. I started to read about planning and discover Elizabeth Grace Saunders article about the importance of planning and summarize it in a visual aid because it’s helping me to organize the sequence of my blogs and the themes.

I also included some ideas of Elena Aguilar’s article about planning for the next academic year, the importance of setting goals. Indeed, she suggests the SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely). I found them useful and simple. We can apply them to our personal life or work.

My blogging plan

Blogging is a new part of my life. Last year, it was guided but now I have to do it on my own. Unfortunately, it’s a solo task but the pre-work of the topics can be a brainstorming team exercise. I have decided to publish every Monday a new blog, inspired by MastermindEd of blog prompts.

Here it goes!

DateTheme
23rd FebruaryAbout planning – Why do we need to plan? How can it benefit us? How can it improve our mental health? 
1st MarchAbout empathy – Why do we need to show empathy? How can we support and empower people around us? How coaching teachers can empower a school? 
8th MarchAbout policies – Do we need policies in place for online learning in our schools? What about ethics and good practices? How to promote them?
15th MarchSOS – Are we ready for emergencies, locked-downs and more at the library? 
22nd MarchPLN – How my PLN has changed last year? Why is it important for our professional learning? How can it also be a tool for advocacy?
29th MarchFinal project reflection: PYPx the final journey

Once you accept them and make planning a habit, you can harness its power to create a happier, healthier, and more productive life.

Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Some expectations

  • Less stress.
  • Improve the quality of the content.
  • Realistic deadlines
  • Develop a routine
  • Enjoy the process
  • Keep on learning

Bibliography

Aguilar, Elena. “How to Make Planning for Next Year Fun.” Edutopia, George Lucas 

Educational Foundation, 27 June 2009, www.edutopia.org/lesson-planning-fun.

“Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals.” Top Achievement, topachievement.com/smart.html.

Edurolearning. “MastermindED of the Month.” MastermindED of the Month, edurolearning.lpages.co/postofthemonth/.

Saunders, Elizabeth Grace. “You May Hate Planning, But You Should Do It Anyway.” Harvard Business Review, 27 Sept. 2017, hbr.org/2016/09/you-may-hate-planning-but-you-should-do-it-anyway.

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