Let's get this out in the open:
You would prefer I spend my time in school writing goals rather than:
1. Helping my students with the material they are learning
2. Contacting parents about possible problems my students might be having in class.
3. Tracking down cutters and trying to get them back to class.
4. Writing meaningful lessons.
5. Marking exams so I can return them in a timely fashion.
6. Meeting with other teachers to find out what is going on in their classes and learn something that might help me with my own.
7. Meeting with guidance counselors.
8. Getting to know my students on a more personal level.
9. Eating lunch--maybe you think I am too fat anyways.
10. Going to the bathroom--I'll just buy a value pack of Depends.
You are making a heck of a lot more money than I am and if you choose to work 24/7, that is your business, not mine.
Don't take my lack of goal writing as a lack of commitment to my students or my job.
The business of education is not the same business as in the private sector. Never forget that. We have no control over the products we are working with. We can't control their natural abilities, their home lives, their study skills, or anything else. Writing goals will not change this.
And, let's just say I do write a goal: "Mary will come to class prepared to work every day" and Mary does this. Mary has met the goal. Unfortunately, Mary still cannot master the material. Must she be passed because she met the goal? And then there is Johnny: "Johnny will raise his grade from a 90 to a 95 by June" and Johnny cannot meet this goal. Should Johnny be penalized? Should we really have different standards for different children?
This whole idea of goals sucks. It is just another way to dump on the teacher and blame the teacher for all that ails education today.