Independent Student Learning

Weekly Online Goal Setting

Students set weekly goals via Google Forms every Monday and reflect on if they meet these goals at the end of each week. This is a reflective process where students are asked questions that allow them to understand what factors contribute to their success or failure in the class. It also gives me a document I can refer to if I see students are consistently not meeting their own goals.

Strategy Resources (4)
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Here, I walk through why goal setting is important for students in my class and how they do it independently.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This link shows how the goal setting page is connected to the class website.
Lesson Plan
 
 
The Monday form is used for students to set specific goals for themselves during the week. In the form, they state how many lessons and which lesson numbers they will complete.
Student Work Sample
 
 
The Friday form is used to have students reflect if they have met their weekly goals, and if not, what prevented them from meeting them.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Here, I walk through why goal setting is important for students in my class and how they do it independently.
Lesson Plan
 
 
The Monday form is used for students to set specific goals for themselves during the week. In the form, they state how many lessons and which lesson numbers they will complete.
Student Work Sample
 
 
The Friday form is used to have students reflect if they have met their weekly goals, and if not, what prevented them from meeting them.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This link shows how the goal setting page is connected to the class website.
Reflection Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • How could you encourage your students to interact with their weekly goals?
  • How could you adapt this strategy to an offline context?
 
Benjamin Siegel
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II
Bronx, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Tenth grade
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