Series: Tch Tips

Three Ways to Practice Goal Setting with Your Students
Lesson Objective: Help students take an active role in their learning
All Grades / All Subjects / Engagement

Thought starters

  1. How could setting mindfulness goals affect students' performance in other areas?
  2. Why is it helpful to make goals public?
  3. How could you incorporate peer feedback into the goal writing process?

Mindfulness is an exercise which positively influences other areas of one’s day. Mindfulness goals allows students to promote a sense of understanding of their own feelings and ways in which an individual reacts to situations within his or her environment. Students may have an increased awareness of their present moment and gain attention to the task at hand. It is beneficial to make goals public because their progress will be recognized by his or her peers. Goal setting is an important step in achieving an objective. Peer feedback may be incorporated in the goal writing process through small rubrics. Students can support one another through mini peer conferences which allow them to share their ideas and aims. This exercise would be student-directed, allowing students to possess ownership of their own learning.

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As a School Psychologist, I believe setting mindfulness goals is important for students. According to research, incorporating mindfulness improves attention and focus in the classroom. It also improves academic success because it helps students incoprate a sense of calmness rather than stress.  I think making goals public holds the students more accountable for trying to reach those goals. It also gives the other students a chance to provide suggestions and recommendations on how to help the student reach his/her goals. It also creates a more positive environment to provide feedback and ideas.

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As a Leader in Me School, I will be working with my students in setting Wildly Important Goals (W.I.G.S.) for reading.  The reflections and positive peer feedback activities are excellent ways to get students thinking about setting personal and class goals.   I will definitely begin my goal setting activities with the reflections and positve peer feedback  to get students thinking about how our class can improve group discussions.        

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Writing out their goals makes their ideas more concrete. Having them give feedback to their peers and also receive feedback is another great way to help students become more mindful of their goals! Thanks for this video! 

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Sharing a reflection with a partner or class, good for setting a healthy mindset. Positive feedback helps students think about their improvements, critique work and acknoledges that people are not always perfect; Therefore mistakes are ok and sometimes essential for learning.

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  • Imagine and visualize what it means to be present. So, close your eyes for just a moment. I had the

    Imagine and visualize what it means to be present. So, close your eyes for just a moment. I had the kids think about it for a moment. - And, what do you think it means to be present? - I think that. - And then get with their partner, and kinda do a walk and talk, and then to write things down on Post-It Notes. Give me one specific example. - To be in the moment, and not worry what is after. - Okay, so heres what we're going to do. I want you to write your reflection in your writing notebook, but it's going to be more on a personal level, and what you are going to work on over the next couple of months. - On your whiteboard, you're going to put a sticky note. Think about something that we should try next time to make our number talk stronger. - I should try to speak more. - Students were sharing out feedback, a chance to say, this worked, this didn't work, and we can start to brainstorm around how to make things work in a more smooth way. - We could try to get the group to listen. - Which side, honey? Okay. Students are bringing their self-selected best work to share with the class for author's chair. Think first about one thing he did a great job at, and one thing that you think he could work on. - You did a nice job on the picture, but what you need to work on is using the end marks. - Yeah, of course. I always forget to do that sometimes. - So why don't you put your checks on the ones that you're gonna focus on. Having that pure feedback really, really guided them in where to start making revisions. - Oh yeah, I forgot an end mark.

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