Goal Setting in the Classroom
I think it is so important for kids to set realistic goals and work towards them. It will prepare them for setting greater and bigger goals in life.
Here are some ways I help the students set goals:
-I let the students set their own realistic goals
-Our goals are small and the students are able to complete them in a 5 week period
-They choose a subject area that they need improvement in.
Pictured above are our goal sheets that I have shown in the room. The students had to run their goal towards me so I know if it is realistic and that the student is able to complete it.
They have their goal, and 3 ways to help achieve it.
Pictured below is their "check in stars"
Once a week I have them "check in", rewrite their goal, and reflect about how close they are to accomplishing their goal. These will be hung up in between their first goal sheets.
This helps the kids realize that setting a goal takes time and work and can't expect to get something done without hard work and dedication. Its exciting to see the goals that they kids set for themselves, and hey, when they are working for a reward it makes it all worth it! We set our goal a couple weeks ago because the movie Frozen is coming out in March, and if the kids complete their goal they get a Movie Munch in my room and watch the movie!!! They are so excited to work towards this!
( I bought the sound track and he have been jamming to it during work time)
Teachers- This takes about 10 minutes a week to complete. Week 1 -I have the students think about what they want to improve on. I have the students reflect on their Spelling, Reading, and Math grades and participation to see if they personally need to improve on anything. Some goals are to finish a book, read a certain amount of pages, or on Spelling tests to practice their words and miss less than 2 on their weekly tests.
Today I had a student approach me and tell me that he already had failed his goal. His goal was to get 85% or above on his reading test, the previous week before he had missed 1 too many, he thought that right there and then he wouldn't be able to participate in the Movie Munch. I had a talk with him about how setting goals is important but the road is not easy, it is a rocky road to get there.
If you would like copies of anything I use, you can shoot me an email and I will share the documents with you!