Josette LeBlanc

Professional Goals for 2013 – Josette

Josette LeblancWrite It Down and Make It Happen

Josette 1.13.14

A year ago, I wrote the above professional goals on a sheet of A4 paper, and they have been on the wall next to my computer ever since. I can’t say that I looked at these goals everyday, but every once in a while, when daydreaming, I’d glance over and ponder the possibilities. What’s been fun to notice is that this two-year plan has mostly become a one-year reality. As it turns out, when we write down our goals, we manifest dreams.

Going to Costa Rica

Part of this dream-come-to-reality will begin next weekend, when I’ll get on an plane to San Jose, Costa Rica, with the final destination being Centro Espiral Mana, a learning center near La Fortuna. This center was created by Mary Scholl, a teacher educator I had the fortune of learning with during an online course she was giving via the SIT Teacher Training Institute called, Compassionate Communication (based on the communicative principles of Nonviolent Communication, which I wrote about in my first iTDi post). After finishing this course, I knew I had to come to her center to take the first step in finishing the SIT TESOL trainer process I had started a few years before. This is when Mary and her course became part of my two-year-goal plan.

Luckily Mary’s month-long training course corresponds with my program’s winter holidays: the perfect synchronization for dreams to become real. By doing this course, I’ll gain more insight into how compassionate communication can manifest itself in teacher education. This is extremely exciting, since it has been a passion of mine ever since I began my MA studies. Although I do my best to learn and practice this form of communication, I struggle with knowing how I can integrate it into the teacher-training curriculum I’ve designed for our in-service training course in Daegu, South Korea. My hope is that by combining compassionate communication with the learning-centered, experiential training component of Mary’s course, I’ll come out being able to answer my own question. I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to move more confidently toward my goals of helping teachers connect compassion to their teaching.


The other two goals on my plan involve writing. Writing gives me the space to make sense of all the ideas that seem to swirl around aimlessly in my mind. It is my creative outlet, and as a blogger, it is also a way to connect to others. For these reasons, writing grounds me. When I combine my need to write with my teaching experiences and ideas, I fulfill another need: getting a deeper understanding of teaching and learning.

This is why I am happy to be on my way to achieving another goal: writing an article for a journal. If all goes well, an article on the topic of reflective practice that I’m co-authoring with Tony Gurr (teacher-trainer based in Turkey and prolific blogger at All Things Learning), should be in the 2013 Spring Issue of the English Teachers Association Switzerland (ETAS). This opportunity is made possible thanks to the support of iTDi friend and colleague, Vicky Loras (if you’re interested in writing for ETAS, just talk to her). Both Vicky and Tony are teachers I’ve never met face-to-face, and had only chatted with on Twitter a handful of times when I stuck my plan up on the wall a year ago. Twitter has definitely been part of my dream-realizing process on more than one occasion (see this post for more dreams).

The next goal has yet to come true, but the possibility is budding. Last year I put my name in to be a registered blogger for the Glasgow International IATEFL Conference. After that inspirational experience, I thought I would like to either present, attend, or blog during the 2013 Liverpool International IATEFL Conference. Not having the time or space to go to Liverpool, I’ve decided that I’d like to try blogging again, so last week I inquired about this on the IATEFL Facebook page. I discovered that anyone interested in blogging for the conference should be finding out more details in the next few weeks.

Adding to the plan

With all these goals becoming reality, I’m excited about adding a few more to the plan. One thing I’ve learned from all this is that if you have dreams, write them down; your dreams are just waiting to be born, and may surprise you with an early appearance.

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Josette LeBlanc

Josette LeBlanc is an English language teacher and teacher trainer who currently teaches in Daegu, South Korea. She's curious about reflective practice, compassionate communication, and teacher development done both online and offline. She believes learning, whether it happens in or out of the classroom, is a process of discovery and transformation.  Blog: Throwing Back Tokens  Twitter & Instagram: @JosetteLB

6 thoughts on “Professional Goals for 2013 – Josette”

  1. Dear Josette,
    Thank you for sharing your goals and dreams. I find it hard to put down goals it might be because I feel I have just started a new path in my life as an educator. This whole new thing (for me) about learning by sharing is so motivating that goals keep changing. My areas of interest are constantly evolving as I make a step forward in my own professional development.
    But your post has helped me to sit down and take a moment to reflect what I really want to achieve in the short term.
    Thank you so much my dear Josette, reading your is such a pleasure, as Chuck says, passion is contagious, and your passion and reflective ideas are contagious as well.

    1. Dear Debbie,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your goals here. I agree that when new paths are forged it can be hard to see the goals ahead. Maybe part of the reason it’s hard to create goals during this time is because you are currently living one of your goals. The evolution is your dream coming to life. 🙂

      And yes, passion is contagious. Thank you for sharing yours with me. 🙂

  2. Dear Josette!

    I loved reading about your goals and see that you write your dreams down. By doing that, I do believe we are inviting their realization to our lives – and, as you said, they “may surprise you with an early appearance”.

    Happy 2013, my dream-catcher fellow 🙂

    1. Dear Malu!

      Thank you so much for sharing your dreams and passion with us Malu. As Debbie mentioned above, it’s truly contagious. 🙂 You help us all realize it.

      Happy 2013 dream-catcher!

  3. Hi, I am from Nicaragua. I took The SIT-TESOL and it was a great experience. I met people from different countries in which I learnt about other cultures and I taught about my culture as well. Mary and her people are good trainers. I have benn putting in practice all they taught me.

    I would like to go back to El INVU again. I miss all the nice people who live there and the people i met…

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