By: Lisa Johnson
Earlier this month, I posted a blog on tools for adults to “support goal-setting and desired outcomes by providing avenues to produce visible, publicized goals that allow for accountability and a support system to share your progress.”
While goal-setting is obviously a integral part of an adult’s life, teaching and modeling proper and appropriate goal-setting skills is also a formative and valuable part of successful character-building for children and students of all ages.
Here are a few ways students can set and achieve their goals (e.g. academic, personal, behavioral, or extracurricular) in 2012:
- Create a Goal Behavior Chart with Goal for It citing specific behaviors that need improvement. (Also check out Printable Charts for Kids: free but must login with Facebook or create an account.)
- Create a Reading List with Shelfari or Reading Rewards and even publish your own book reviews using Scholastic or Edmodo. (OR even consider using an app like K-12 Timed Reading Practice Lite to improve your reading speed or fluency)
- Create a Vision Board or Goal Road Map: take a picture of something that represents one or all of the goals that you would like to achieve (e.g. get an A in Math, Read 12 Chapter Books, Make the Volleyball or Cheerleading team, or Build a Community Garden) and then outline the steps needed to reach that goal. (Also Check out Goal-Reasons Graphic Organizer.)
- Motivate with To Me By Me: Write reminders to yourself of things you would like to achieve or send yourself little motivations (great for older children – or parents could compose the notes to send to their little ones).
- Track your Progress using PicCal Lite: record a goal or mini-goal pictorially as you achieve them. Take a picture of a clean room at the end of the week, a picture of an A on a Math assignment, or a snapshot of each book or chapter that you read each day/week/month.
Inspired to help your students/children set their own goals for 2012, check out these resources:
- Setting & Achieving Goals for Grades 5-9
- Goal-setting Activities for Middle School
- How Goal Setting can Help Your Kids
- Goal-Setting Activities for Kids
- Goal-Setting Charts for Young Kids
- Goal-Setting for Students
Check out Part 1 of “Give the Gift of Goal-Setting” which highlighted tools and activities to support goal-setting for adults.