Adults know that setting goals are important, but how can you teach your students to set SMART goals that make an impact on their learning? Elementary age students generally haven’t developed an understanding of how to set goals or even that goals are a “thing”.
As a teacher, teaching students how to set goals can seem daunting – especially for young learners – 2nd and 3rd grade in particular. But it CAN BE DONE – and I’m going to help you do it! #keepreading
Young students are motivated to perform well in school based on how much they want to please parents or their teachers. Their desire to get an A on a test, or read fluently is solely based on what the adult’s reaction to it will be.
What if our students were motivated by their own desire to learn and perform well on various measures of learning? What if we can help our students learn to take responsibility for their learning? Wouldn’t that make a huge impact on their learning?
Before we can set goals with students, we have to lay the groundwork for why goal setting is a worthwhile activity for them to do.
What Kind of Student Do You Want to Be?
Table of Contents
Effective Goals are SMART
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Time Specific
Why should you set goals with your students?