Reflection: Routines and Procedures Test Solution Project (#1 of 5) - Section 3: Instructional Input/Student Activities


In an insightful study of the importance of goal setting and how it might be taught, researcher Dale Schunk writes: 

"Finally, goal setting theory and research underscore the importance of developmental factors. Because children have short time frames of reference, immediate goals are motivating, whereas long-term goals are not. Short, focused lessons reflect this idea. With development, students are better able to cognitively represent long-term outcomes. Teachers can work with students to help them break long-term goals into short-term subgoals, establish timelines, and assess their progress toward their goals. Teachers also can assist students in evaluating their capabilities to engage in these tasks, which will help to develop their self-regulatory competencies. Students who graduate from high school with a mindset that includes the importance of setting goals and assessing progress will be well prepared to meet future educational and life challenges." Source:

The researchers go on to say elsewhere that, "This multi-step plan is a key to promoting healthier human functioning, higher motivation and perceived self-efficacy, and self-regulated learning and performance across the life span."(

So, it is clear to me how very important the mastery of this skill is not only for students while they are in my class but also as they prepare for entering adulthood. I feel vindicated for my heavy emphasis on this skill set, not only in this lesson series, but also throughout my entire teaching practice. And in this lesson series, it was successful because no group failed to meet the expected tasks by the expected timeline.

  Make a plan and then stick to it!
  Routines and Procedures: Make a plan and then stick to it!
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Test Solution Project (#1 of 5)

Unit 7: 7) Ecology ("Population Interactions")
Lesson 7 of 16

Objective: Students will design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

Big Idea: Natural resources are precious and finite. It is important for students to be aware of environmental issues in their own backyard and imagine feasible solutions to problems that threaten them.

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