Friday, May 6, 2011

Making Progress

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I started doing yoga almost one year ago. This week I've been noticing the little bits of progress I have made in my practice.  They are very little bits, but I'm trying to take note of each one and not take them for granted. I can now touch my toes, only with my finger tips, but that is more than I could do before.  I still can't do a wheel (back bend) or a headstand. For me, touching my toes with my finger tips is real progress.

Progress is the key to assessment. Where you start is as important as where you finish. Hyperfocus on the end goal misses the distance of the journey in between. As the school year comes to a close, take a moment and look back to see how far you and your students have come.


Unknown said...

What an inspirational post! Will have to share with my teachers!

Sara said...

Such an important reminder, Liz - thank you for saying exactly what I needed to hear. It's so easy to get caught up in it all and only see the end when the middle is just as important!

Chris said...

Great post, Liz. At the end of the school year, most of the time I am in such a rush to complete the content and review for the standardized test in my state that I forget to actually reflect on how much learning did occur and how far we have come as a group. Thank you for reminding me on what is really important!

Isaac said...

Thats a useful thought on the journey of life. We often forget the little little progress we make along the way. Will share this with colleagues!