Clear and Specific Action Steps Can Improve Relationships with Students

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Action steps convert ideas and goals into “people processes.” Because all teachers want good relationships with students and teams are always looking for strategies that work, it is important that the action steps related to student-teacher relationships are clear, specific, and written so that everyone can follow them.

The article cited below, from Penn State Extension, provides a summary of action planning steps to use in almost any circumstance, as well as a concrete example. Common steps that teams usually use when action planning include:

  1. Define the problem(s)
  2. Collect and analyze data
  3. Clarify and prioritize the problem(s)
  4. Write a goal statement for each solution
  5. Implement solutions: The action plan
  6. Monitor and evaluate
  7. Re-start with a new problem or refine/re-address the old one

The article also stresses the importance of writing SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely) and then using language in the action steps that prevents misunderstanding and allows everyone to implement them. Including resources and articulating ways to monitor and evaluate progress can improve action steps even more.

Reference for This Quick Tip

The Seven Steps of Action Planning