For anyone who has ever had a dream, goal-setting is the way to get there. Take a minute and think back to when you were a student. For some of us that may have been a long time ago in galaxy, far, far away; for others its the not too distant past. Either way, goal-setting has allowed us to achieve what we often thought of as impossible endeavors.
Spending time thinking about what you want to accomplish in life, both in the near-term and long-term is vitally important to your success in whatever your chosen career path. Goal-setting is a powerful and dynamic process for thinking about your future and for keeping yourself motivated to turn your vision of the future into a reality.
Many of our students are unfamiliar with the goal-setting process and for them to achieve their dreams, it is our responsibility as educators to instill in them the power of setting specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound goals. While we recognize these as SMART goals, to the untrained student, goals and visions of the future can be inconceivable or nebulous.
Here’s how to get started:
Break down goal-setting into digestible bits.
Periodically allow your students time to reflect and document their paths to success. We really like the following documents to help students capture what they’re setting out to accomplish and how they performed in comparison.
The second goal-setting template allows students the space to track their progress toward a goal. This can be useful in helping students build up towards longer-term goals.
Take your goal-setting online:
We really love Sown to Grow as a comprehensive tool that allows students to set goals for assignments, track their own progress, and reflect on their accomplishments. Using this tool helps students to internalize their progress and own the level of mastery they’ve achieved. Best of all, it’s free to use!