Goal Setting

7:30 AM

Setting goals is so important at all levels. Edwin Locke, an international researcher on goal setting, found that when difficult goals were specific they were achieved better than general, easy goals. Locke's  principles contained five basic ideas.

Effective goal-setting principles:

Clarity. The most effective goals have a specific timeline for completion. Be specific; a clear, measurable goal is more achievable than one that is poorly defined.
Challenge. The goal needs a level of difficulty in order to motivate a learner to strive toward the goal.
Commitment. Share the goal with parents in order to increase the accountability to meet the goal.
Feedback. Set up a method to practice and keep track of progress toward the goal. Adjusting the difficulty of the goal makes it achievable.
Task complexity. Give it time. Learning can be very difficult especially in reading and math.

We set goals in kindergarten! Reading, writing, and learning math are complex tasks for 5/6 year olds. We begin by coloring a goal sheet and discussing what we want to learn in kindergarten.
Then I explain the goals we have for the year. 
The goals are posted. 
We sign the goal sheets once the goal is met. 

Parents are kept abreast of goals by practice videos and messages in our Seesaw journals. Other Seesaw Fun

Hopes and Dreams Resource

You can find my goal setting resource by clicking the picture below. No matter what time of year, focus on goals. You can read more at Teach Magically.
What goals are you setting for yourself?

by Debora Marines

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