It’s important for you as a professional to first define what your work is as a teacher/professor/scholar. If you have already written a teaching or personal philosophy – return to this document and ask yourself how this kind of teaching fits into what you have written. This reflection will help to anchor your teaching and give you purpose to return to when you feel unsure.

Next, work to identify your goals, making sure that they are manageable. You don’t have to do everything at once – consider starting with one manageable goal and plan to build on that in subsequent years.

If you are a teacher, identifying your goals should involve taking a look at your current course learning outcomes or state determined standards. How does this content fit into those goals? How can this content help your students meet those learning goals?