The bow hasn't been out since, and I think I know why. "We should make a target," Aaron said. I agreed. This activity would certainly be more fun and more rewarding with a target. And we could instantly tell if we were getting better at shooting.
In his book, Unmistakable Impact, Jim Knight suggests the use of a "Target," a simple, one-page document that clearly states a school's goals for instructional improvement. Most improvement plans fail, Knight suggests, because they are too long, too complex, and too unrelated to instruction. This reminds me of arrows never flying, falling to the ground after a short flight, or soaring over the fence in wild flight.
In a typical week, a school leader will receive dozens of emails and several catalogues of teaching practices, and over a year will be presented with literally thousands of options for instructional improvement.