So…you have made the decision to begin goal setting with your students. Plan ahead to avoid these potential pitfalls: not enough time, no data, and no follow-thru. Use today’s freebie to pre-plan your goal setting before you begin supporting your students with the goal setting process.
Three Potential Goal Setting Pitfalls
- Not Enough Time: Goal setting with students takes time. It takes time for students to learn the process and it takes time for students to work through the seven steps. Consider setting aside time each week to work on goal setting. Maybe the first hour after lunch on Friday afternoon or first thing on Tuesday morning. The day or time is not important but consistency will ensure students have time to focus on their goals.
- No Data: In order for students to be able to track goals, assess achievement, and determine success, they will need data. Keep data collection simple and something that students can easily do on their own. Provide students with examples of different ways to collect data so they can find a simple tracking process that works for them.
- No Follow-Thru: It is important that you find time to meet with students and make sure they are on the right path. Find a way to check-in on a regular basis. Some students will simply require a quick conversation to see how they are doing and if they have any questions. Other students will require more intensive one-on-one or small group instruction in order to be successful with their goal setting.