“Today students, we will be setting goals. Do you know what a goal is?”
(All students raise their hand)
“Goal is what you find inside a treasure chest!!”
(All students nod in unison)
“Hahaha, not gold! I said Goal. Any ideas?”
Today we introduced the idea of goals and goal setting. I explained what a goal is, how goals are set, what we need to do to reach our goals, how we will know when we have reached our goals, and lastly, what we can do after we have achieved them.
Last term, we did a simple form of goal setting where goals were reviewed at the very end of the term; however, I noticed that students were not connecting with it as the goals
were not visibly seen in the classroom, students could not read it and it was not readily available for students to change and manipulate. This term, I decided to make goals directly connected to our daily centers and have them visibly open for all students to see. Furthermore, all Kindergarten Language and Math standards were coverted into simple child-friendly sentences, complete with imagery, so students could better understand/connect with them.
Each week, students will be given a choice of three Language goals, three Math goals and three Social-Emotional/Extracurricular goals (last category was suggested by students: “But what if we want learning soccer as a goal?”)
Students will pick from these goals and conference with a teacher to set a step-by-step system to help them achieve their goal. Afterwards, if they feel they have accomplished their goal, they will self-assess or have a peer or teacher assess their progress.
Why is goal setting for students important?
1.) Gives students responsibility for their own learning
When students analyze their own data they often become more interested in the analysis because it’s relevant to them.
2.) Shows students that effective effort leads to achievement
When students analyze their own data, they can observe over time that appropriate effort leads to achievement.
3.) Gives the student a skill that they will need as adults
Educators and administrators set goals and this should be modeled for students. The students that we educate today need to understand the importance of setting goals, and more importantly, how to achieve them. Not only is this academic related, but this is also as skill that will help prepare our students for life outside of the classroom.
Each week, please be sure to ask your student what their goal is for the week! We would love you to take an active part in their goal setting journey!