How to Set Effective Goals for Teachers In and Out of the Classroom

Today we’re going to talk about how to effective goals for teachers in and out of the classroom.

I spent a great deal of time attempting to learn how to create and attain goals for myself as a teacher. Every article or video that I found focused solely on the profession itself but not on the teachers as a whole.

What do I mean by that?

You and I are more than just our profession. Therefore, our goals need to encompass both of these aspects as a whole.

Before we continue, today’s episode is sponsored by The Colourful Teaching Club where we’ll discuss ideas, such today’s topic and break it down into super actionable steps so that you get started right away. You’ll enjoy a hands-on approach with a step-by-step format to help you with long-term planning, self-care, rediscovering yourself beyond the classroom and forming deep connections with other teachers. If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed or burnout as a teacher, then my friend, The Colourful Teaching Club is for you.

Today, we’re going to look at creating 1-2 goals for both, our personal and professional lives.

I’m going to ask you to refrain from creating more than that for now because if you create too many and don’t accomplish them, you’ll feel less empowered and won’t want to continue developing.

How to Set Effective Goals for Teachers In and Out of the Classroom

So let’s focus:

Actionable Steps:

#1. This Year

Divide your page into two columns: Professional (teaching) and Personal.

In order to create your goals, I’d like to you to take a step back and reflect on the following for both of these sections. Please provide as much detail as possible.

  1. What did you try that went well for you?
  2. What did you try that you need to work on?
#2. The Upcoming Year

Now look ahead and answer the following questions:

  1. What do you want to carry on into this year?
  2. What’s something new that you want to try?
#3. Get Specific

Divide your page in half: one column for professional (teaching) and the other for personal. What are 1-2 things that you want to work on? Be as specific as possible. For example.

Professional (Teacher)Personal
I’d like to learn how to gamify my math classes. I’m going to start by collaborating with a grade four teacher and doing some additional research. I may create some of the resources myself and integrate it into my finance segment of my lessons in January.I need to make more time to talk to friends. I can start by creating a list of who I need to connect with and slot in at least two people a month starting on Monday night.

Note how each of these are actionable steps. They are so specific that you know exactly when I’m going to do it, why and how I plan to work on them.

#4. Check it.

This step is simple.

Once you’ve written down your goals, get a friend to check it to make sure it is actionable and specific.

#5. List It.

The last step is to schedule your goals into your calendar so that you have a clear starting point. Beyond just starting, make sure to break down your goal into chunkable bits and schedule those in so that they don’t seem too big and overwhelming to explain.

If you’d go into more depth with this, I have a FREE Goal-Setting guide in my Freebie Library for you.

I also have 3 resources that may help your children.


Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:

  1. Two types of goals for teachers: professional and personal goals.
  2. Five actionable steps to accomplish them: this year, the upcoming year, get specific, check it and list it.

Additional Thoughts:

In order to really understand and accomplish your goals, you’ll implement these steps alongside your children, with either this FREE RESOURCE or these more detailed goal setting resources.

If in the mean time, if you’re still feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and burnout, then I encourage you to check out the following:

  1. FREE MASTERCLASS: Systematic Plan to Super Passionate
Systematic Plan to Super Passionate
  1. The Colourful Teaching Club
The Colourful Teaching Club

Next Steps:

If you’d like additional resources for your classroom here are the three ways you can access them: 1) Free Resource Library; 2) At my store; 3) Systematic Plan to Super Passionate; 4) The Colourful Teaching Club.

If you found this video beneficial, would you do me a favour? Share this with your family, your friends, your loved ones, your co-workers or someone who you think could benefit from this. Thank you!

Until I see you next time, remember to create, experience & teach from the heart.

Take care,


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