Setting Goals by Theodora Papapanagiotou 

Thursday, July 24 2014 | 1:00 PM (Greenwich Standard Time)

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About the Class

SETTING GOALS by Theodora Papapanagiotou will be a session about how important is to set goals in both in our professional as well as in our personal life. I am going to give examples from my teaching and life experience, presenting some of the goals I have accomplished over the years, talk about people who have helped me and also have a discussion with the attendees on their plans and goals.

PRE-TASK DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
(Please Answer at least three of these questions in the discussion thread in you are working to get Professional Development Credit Hours from http://iTDi.pro . Also, keep the discussion going by commenting on what other #ITDIMOOC participants share.)

1. What are some different goal-setting approaches you know about and use in your professional and personal life?
2. Do you think it's more effective to set a series of small goals or a single big goal? Explain.
3. What's a goal you set for yourself and reached in the past and what steps did you take in order to achieve your goal. What's the "secret of your success and what advice would you give others?
4. How could English language teachers use goal-setting activities with students? How might this help them reach both personal and academic / linguistic goals?
5. How are goals and motivation related? Please explain and give examples from your personal or professional life.

ADDITIONAL PRE-TASK S
1) Read Theodora's recent iTDi Blog post and leave a comment on that site: http://itdi.pro/blog/2014/07/11/movement-rhyme-and-rhythm-in-elt-theodora/

2) Learn about Shelly Terrell's 30 Days Goal Challenge at http://30goals.com : watch some of the interviews and join the Facebook group.

THEODORA PAPAPANAGIOTOU is a teacher of EFL and DaF (German as a foreign language) in Greece since 1992. She has worked in various language schools in her hometown, Thessaloniki and with various levels and ages. In the past few years she has been working as a freelance teacher and taking parts in conventions, webinars and online courses, trying to become a better teacher. Connect with her on twitter at @dorapap72 . Theodora is an iTDi Mentor and blogger.

Language of instruction: English

Keywords: teacher training, communicative language teaching (clt), teaching tools

Discussion

Gladys Cagle-Pieniazek

What's a goal you set for yourself and reached in the past and what steps did you take in order to achieve your goal. What's the "secret of your success and what advice would you give others?

I work full time and am a single parent. Several years ago I decided to earn my master degree. The degree was a goal that I had wanted for a lonSee more

1264 days 6 hours 20 minutes ago

Gladys Cagle-Pieniazek

I work with young children and have discovered that when I explain to them what our goal is that they are able to grasp the idea. For example, Last month we had the task of learning 10 colors. The children knowing the goal were eager to master the topic.

1264 days 6 hours 25 minutes ago

Gladys Cagle-Pieniazek

Do you think it's more effective to set a series of small goals or a single big goal? Explain.

I think that it is more important to set small goals. I find it easier to manage when I have smaller goals. I often feel overwhelmed with confronted with large goals, they often seem unattainable. Whereas, I feel that small goals can be accomplishSee more

1264 days 6 hours 29 minutes ago

Patrolena

2) I think it's more effective to set a series of small goals in order to accomplish a big goal. I think this process by fulfilling each small goal it is more helpful to attain a big goal. When you just set a big goal you make be doing many things wrong that will prevent you to fulfill it but be breaking it up and having a checklist is more effective in See more

1313 days 17 hours 6 minutes ago

Ashley Van Oordt

1. What are some different goal-setting approaches you know about and use in your professional and
personal life?
My goal-setting approach involves setting an overall goal (big goal) and then working towards it by
setting various short term goals. I use this approach for goal setting on both a personal and a
professionSee more

1315 days 21 hours 41 minutes ago

Shadi Saba

1. What are some different goal-setting approaches you know about and use in your professional and personal life?
I don't use any specific approach. I identify problems and use my experience to problem solve.
2. Do you think it's more effective to set a series of small goals or a single big goal? Explain.
Multiple small goals.See more

1452 days 21 hours 30 minutes ago

Hassan Hassan

2. Do you think it's more effective to set a series of small goals or a single big goal? Explain.
I guess it is more effective to set a series of small goals which lead to a big goal, not necessarily a 'single' one. It is similar, at least in my perspective, to the way we set a goal for ourselves as teachers to "Teach students English See more

1461 days 13 hours 32 minutes ago

Khansaa Saii

1- Actually, I don't have a certain approach to depend on. I simply try to apply some lessons passed throughout from my personal life .
2- I like having a big goal and then work on achieving it step by step.
3- well, I've achieved some important goals in my life and working on achieving the others. Simply by having that great determinationSee more

1487 days 8 hours 40 minutes ago

Judith Yoana Moya Mosquera

1. What are some different goal-setting approaches you know about and use in your professional and personal life?
I don’t really have goal-setting approaches; I simply write what and why I want to achieve something and a specific time for it and how I’ll achieve it. I follow the same steps whether it’s about my professional or my personal life.
See more

1488 days 1 hours 48 minutes ago

Michael Free

1. What are some different goal-setting approaches you know about and use in your professional and personal life?
I'm currently using the SMART goals I found on www.mindtools.com
2. Do you think it's more effective to set a series of small goals or a single big goal? Explain.
For me, I like to have a big goal (i.e., an aim) so that I See more

1494 days 23 hours 11 minutes ago

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