Setting Goals

Element 10A.4: Encourage and support students to set and meet performance and learning goals

Why is this important?
Setting goals is a well-researched strategy for improving performance (e.g., weight loss, sports, playing an instrument, saving money, social pragmatics) as it provides a context for measuring the effect of effort, reflection and motivation. It is equally powerful for most students when applied to learning skills (e.g., reading fluency, writing, math computation), developing stamina (e.g., reading or writing for longer periods of time, maintaining healthy eating or exercise as part of a wellness plan), or improving learning habits (e.g., studying, note-taking, collaborative problem-solving). Goals can also be defined as learning targets or standards. Setting goals engages students as partners in their own learning and makes feedback relevant and useful while students engage in deliberate practice or change.

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Closely related strategies: Providing Specific Feedback and Developing Metacognition

After exploring this high impact strategy:

1. What are your most important takeaways?

2. In what ways do you anticipate this will impact or shift your practice?

3. What questions do you have at this point?