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?
31 Comments

This is a great way to prioritize the importance of good peer feedback. Giving constructive feedback to peers encourages goals to be made and met. However, this strategy would not work with the mathematics or some STEM subjects. It would be interesting to develop a method where it could be applied to all areas of school. 

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I think this was a great video on teaching students how to set goals for themselves. It gets children to think about what their strengths and weaknesses are. I also believe the peer evolution helps too if students have trouble finding these things out on their own.

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I love seeing this in practice.  Students taking control of their own goal setting is so powerful.  The peer feedback makes such a lasting impression.

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I that mindful goal setting could benefit many students with any school subjects. As a substitute teacher I have discovered that many students have trouble focusing and staying on task. Also sharing their goals with another student add accountability to stay on track and help with support to get back on track if they fall off. Mindful goal setting is something students can use as they advance from grade to grade.

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This video is great for setting goals. The reading comapny we use for the curriculumn has students setting goals. However, when it comes to Math the curriculumn does not have many opportunities to set goals. I have, since watching this video, set goals based on my students ability and my students have ste goals based on where they want to be or would like to get to. The students, so far, have really been pressing themselves to reach their goal. We have small parties in the classroom when goals are met. The students enjoy reaching their goals and setting new ones. They have the biggest smiles on their faces all day when they realize they have met their goals and will be able to set a new goal. I will continue to do this next year and manhy years after that. 

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Transcripts

  • 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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