Reflective Goal Setting: Goal Setting

 
 
 
Goal Setting
Teacher In Action
 
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
 
Feedback Systems

Reflective Goal Setting

Part of building a reflective classroom is giving students the space to reflect on all aspects of their learning from their behavior to the resources in the room. Goal setting is a way to teach this expectation, whole group, to students early in the year, and as a way to focus them during it. Each Monday, students write a Goal post it that has some sample questions to guide students. Ultimately, students can select their own topic, and that free range takes time to nurture into SMART goals. Many students write something like "listen in class" but when we discuss on Tuesday and say "Did you reach this goal?" the answer is not measureable. We want our students to see goals as a procedure that can guide their self-driven learning, not as a reaffirmation of the teacher's thoughts or wants for the student. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Teacher In Action
 
 
Student Work Sample
 
 
Here is the "parking lot" where students place their goals when they have written them on Monday.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
I reflected on students using the goal setting system in October to show what I was seeing at the beginning of the year.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Student Work Sample
 
 
Here is the "parking lot" where students place their goals when they have written them on Monday.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
I reflected on students using the goal setting system in October to show what I was seeing at the beginning of the year.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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