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?

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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Students are being asked to focus on improving their skills. In goal setting, we can see what they are thinking and how they see themselves in the future. When others give a positive feedback and a suggestion, the students feel good about what they did right and try to improve what they did wrong. I definitely see myself using some of these techniques because I see how beneficial it is for the students.

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I really liked the idea of having peer feedback for assignements! It's always nice to hear from classmates that they liked something about your drawing or another part of it and then hearing the suggestion does not make it that scary or hurtful to be told. I feel like this is good for lower grades, but for older grades it may be taken as critisim rather than suggestions.

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I think that the peer feedback is a great way for kids to set goals.  If someone is telling them to work on something, it may be much less likely for that student to forget to improve on that certain thing.  I think setting goals will help them achieve more and have more success in school.

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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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