What does it mean to plan?
Who needs to be involved in and with planning?
I can’t say that I feel like I can fully answer those questions, but I know so much more now that I did previously in terms of ways to answers parts of those questions ….
As a teacher, I know about planning a lesson for my students, but there are so many more things to consider when you are planning for educational technology, grant writing, and/or even for a whole school or school system.
One thing I have learned is that there are so many more pieces that need to be considered, evaluated, and measured.
As much I was get frustrated when doing planning as a group, it has helped me see some points that need to be considered. I did not realize all the learning that was taking place at the same time, but the more I reflect on that experience, the more I realize how much I gained from it.
It is crucial to know who to approach with certain ideas, questions, and plans as well as knowing the best time to contact them. It is also important to know who your supporters are and if that will help or hurt when you present the idea to another possible supporter.
A plan needs to include both a big idea as well as the specific supporting details that are necessary. Since most people generally excel in one of those areas more than the other, having a small group work together on planning projects can also be quite beneficial.
Please note that I said SMALL, since I feel that when too many cooks are in the kitchen, the meal does not end up being fully prepared in the end.
When planning, you also have to be willing to ask for help from those who know more about certain areas than you. Asking for that type of assistance is not something to be seen as a weakness but is recognized as a strength in realizing the power of the knowledge of many.
Collaboration plays a major role in the “behind the scenes” planning that must take place.
That collaboration can take many forms.
It can be very beneficial to look back at what you and others have done to help the plan avoid pitfalls and overcome obstacles early in the planning stages.
You have to start with the end in mind and then determine the steps needed to propel you on the journey.
But it is also important not to let your personal goals get in the way of the professional goals of the plan …
If you have to change the plan to make it better fit with your personal goals, then there is potentially a problem …
It is important to realize that you have both personal goals and professional goals as well as to recognize the impact those goals can have on the plans you create ….
If I stop and think about it, I am involved in planning in so many areas that I did not even realize before. I feel that I will be better able to benefit in those planning opportunities when I recognize them as that …