I had a thought the other day as I was struggling with my professional growth plan. Why not use the concept of Understanding by Design/Backward Design for this process?
I started my PGP by looking at the Alberta Principal Quality Standards and trying to speak to them directly. This was not personal and I found it uninspiring. I felt I was focusing on the statement as opposed to what I wanted to work on.
When I started to think about the aspects of my practice I wanted to work on first (my goals), then tried to link them to the Quality Standards, the process felt more worthwhile.
I was surprised by how compatible my goals and the standards were, but it took me looking at the end result I want to achieve to see the correlation.
I am sure that everyone has found themselves uninspired by a required activity. I like this strategy to make these tasks meaningful.