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On my desk at work sits a paperweight given to me by my children last Christmas. It is a mold of a rectangle with pens on top of it and it’s colored bronze. The inscription by Benjamin Franklin says:

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

This inscription faces me, instead of facing out to those who sit in the chairs on the opposite side of my desk, to remind me that as a professional educator my work must be worth something. The quote is simple, yet a powerful reminder to all of us professional educators that we have an important responsibility and our efforts in the classroom, school office or district administration must be worth something to our students, parents and community.

As spring changes to summer and the school year wraps up for many of us, it’s time to reflect on that “something” that we did that was worth something for our students, staff and / or parents. It is also a time to plan for next year’s “something”.  My thoughts on planning for next year include:

  1. How will next year’s learning experience be better for our students?
  2. What types of professional development will  our teachers need to make the learning environment more effective?
  3. Will the technology we are implementing be seamlessly integrated into the learning and teaching process?
  4. How will we engage the community in the learning process and connect them to what occurs daily in our schools?
  5. What methods of communication will we use to connect students, staff, parents and community?
  6. What will our district theme be that conveys a focus all staff members can rally behind?

These six questions will guide my planning for next year to demonstrate that what happens in our schools is “worth something”. I challenge you as professional educators who are in the classroom, school office and district administration to “either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” by planning now for next school year, and use the six questions above to help in the process of making next year “worth something”.