Trent of The Simple Dollar Blog has an excellent post, outlining Ten Killer Tactics for Developing a New Skill. I know many teachers want to develop skills related to other areas of interest, but find themselves so busy with the responsibilities of the many hats that they wear that it’s hard to know how to go about it. Here are the ten tactics he recommends:
1. Clearly identify the skills you actually want to build.
2. Set aside time every day – or on an extremely regular schedule – to focus specifically on building those skills.
3. Develop a game plan for building a specific skill.
4. Invest in top-quality resources for learning.
5. Set a clear goal that you want to reach.
6. Use something in the “real world” to work on as you learn.
7. Gather support for this skill growth.
8. Share the progress you’re making along the way.
9. Capitalize on your newly-found skill by applying it to a project that you can share with others.
10. Get started. Now. Not later.
Trent explains each of these tactics further in his post and then gives some excellent, practical examples of how he’s developing new skills in his own life (including learning to play the piano!).
Stay tuned later this month for my announcement about a new project I’m working on that goes along with this idea… 🙂