I'm in the process of writing a Development Plan. This is very exciting to me for a number of reasons.
Firstly, I feel very much as though up to now I've been fire fighting. All my decisions have been responsive to the immediate siuation and, although they are generally geared to meet the ultimate goal my position automatically creates they are not planned or staged or, in my opinion, particularly well organised. I love a degree of structure in my life and to have this plan will give me a route to take from here to there and will, more importantly, give me those indicators of success that we all need.
Secondly, it gives me a wonderful sense of destiny. I never wrote a plan for my life when I was in school - I wouldn't have had the first clue where to start. However, I do distinctly remember feeling disadvantaged compared to the people who knew what they wanted, where they were going and how to get there. Writing a plan then would not have helped me now, but writing a much shorter term plan for this situation gives me this ability to make decisions based on how they will affect or fit in with the Plan.
Thirdly, I can dream. There is no budget association at this point of the plan and there are no technical limitations. They will come, of course, but at this point in time I can see the very best of the best and we're it. Honestly, it's a good job I'm doing this at Christmas, because I'm going to feel crushed when they point out that teleportation devices between the wider ranging parts of the campus just aren't physically possible, let alone within budget :)
Lastly, I can see from it exactly where I have come from. It doesn't talk about me, but I know enough of myself to see from this document how far I have come, how much I have learned and how much I have still to learn. Integrating technology with education is a complex matter - throwing computers at people (literally or figuratively) doesn't help. You need timing, technique and an understanding of the teaching process. It's a subtle business and I do adore subtlety.
In the event that I am from now on too cold to post anything here, I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas.