What does success at the end of the year look like to you?

September 8, 2019 - 4 minutes read

When our staff met together last week for our first Staff Meeting of the school year, I asked them to take some time to reflect by answering a few questions:

  1. What are you passionate about?
  2. What are your strengths and how can we best utilize them in our context?
  3. What are the qualities you look for in a good Administrator?
  4. What is one big question you have for this year?
  5. What does success at the end of the year look like to you?

We know that in West Vancouver and at Pauline Johnson we have the very best teachers.  They give all of themselves each day to make the world a better place for our students – for today and for the future.  Below is the evidence of that as I share their responses to #5 above.  Thank you, PJ Staff – our students and families are so fortunate to have you on their team.

Success to me is watching a student identify their needs and independently choosing a strategy they have learned to achieve their goal.

All children are leaving happy with a sense of confidence for their next school year.

Happy, healthy students who love school.  Me still standing at the end of it!

Positivity amongst staff (friendships, support).

Happy, caring students that can share their thoughts orally and in written form in French.

To feel like I gave my students all I could, and that I took care of myself, too.

Students using ‘please and thank you’ without prompting (in French).

I’m still standing, the students are alive and well.

All students have made progress, developed confidence, and my files and reports are up to date and organized!

Hearing students speak French in the hallways and on the playground.

Engaged students and teachers.

Students and teachers sad to leave on the last day.  

Recognition and understanding of progress that’s been made towards specific, measurable goals.

Seeing smiles everywhere.

Improved personal knowledge about my students and their needs.

I am fulfilled with how I provided diverse programming and we are all proud of how students have showcased their talents for our school community.

Students that can demonstrate comfort and developed competencies; increased self-confidence and abilities.

A happy classroom with a developed community filled with competent French speakers.

Thriving, happy, healthy students and staff who look back at their year with pride, satisfaction, and with a sense of growth and accomplishment.

My students’ reflection on their year is a positive one.  I would love to hear them say that they looked forward to each day.  

Seeing students’ passions develop.

Knowing I built lots of positive relationships with the staff and students.

Introducing the students to new possibilities with their learning.

The students are safe, happy and feel valued.

At the end of the year I will know I have succeeded if my students are happy to spend time with me in our class.  It is not just about their understanding of the curriculum, but about understanding themselves and their world. They need to feel like they truly BELONG.

Students are happy and aware of how much progress they have made in all domains.

A full class of children who feel safe, loved, and who care about one another and their world.