The term intentional is not a new word to educators. Has the term “being intentional” been so overused in our profession that it has become meaningless? At the beginning of the year, I think it’s important to find that focus again and review good practice. Several educators and authors have written about intentionality over the past few years, all of which bring me back to what I know is true and right.
Importance of Reflection
Debbie Miller says in her book, Teaching with Intention, that “intentional teachers are thoughtful, reflective people who are conscious of the decisions they make and the actions they take; they live and teach by the principles and practices they value and believe in.” Take a moment to reflect on your core belief about teaching and learning. What do you want your classroom look like, sound like, and portray to others? How can you align your core belief with your standards and mandated curriculum?