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9th Grade
Skills Needed for High School and
Postsecondary Success
• Review the differences
between high school and
• What do these
differences all have in
– What words do you see
repeated in the guiding
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• Last class we also talked
about tips for succeeding
in high school and
• What was the first tip?
• How do the other tips
relate to that tip?
• What was the second tip?
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To learn about taking responsibility for
your own learning.
To learn the importance of setting goals.
To learn to differentiate between shortterm and long-term goals.
To set SMART goals for 9th grade.
• What are two reasons to
set goals?
• What is the difference
between short-term and
long-term goals?
• What does the acronym
SMART stand for?
Discussion: Why Set Goals?
• When do you set goals for yourself?
• Why do you set goals?
• How does setting goals change your
performance or how hard you work on
10 Reasons to Set Goals
1. Goals help you be who you want to be.
2. Goals stretch your comfort zone. Goals boost your
3. Goals give your life purpose.
4. Goals make you more self-reliant.
5. Goals encourage you to trust your decisions.
6. Goals help you turn the impossible into the possible.
7. Goals prove that you can make a difference.
8. Goals improve your outlook on life.
9. Goals lead to feelings of satisfaction.
Bachel, B.K. (2001).
Types of Goals
• Short-term goals are ones that you will
achieve in the near future (e.g., in a day,
within a week, or possibly within a few
• Long-term goals are ones that you will achieve
over a longer period of time (e.g., one
semester, one year, five years, or twenty
Weinstein & Awalt, 2001
• SMART Goals are:
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Adapted from Doran, 1981
Become a Goal Getter!
• What is the dream you most want to
accomplish in your future?
– Create a SMART goal for that dream.
– Here’s an example.
Dream Example
• Dream: to be a doctor
– What is something I
need to do to get
• I will need to go to
college and then
medical school
• I can write a long-term
goal for graduating
from medical school
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SMART Goal Example
• What do I want to accomplish?
– I want to graduate form medical school.
• How will I know when I achieved my goal?
– I will graduate.
• Is this goal realistic? Do I have the right tools?
– If I work hard, take the right classes, have support from my
friends, family, and teachers, I know I can do it.
• Why is this goal important?
– I can’t become a doctor unless I graduate from medical
• When can I achieve this goal?
– I’m in 9th grade - I have 4 years of high school, 4 years of
college, and 4 years of medical school.
– I can achieve this goal in 12 years
SMART Goal Example
My goal:
I will graduate from
medical school in
12 years and
become a doctor.
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Your SMART goal
• On the back of your SMART goal paper, create
a long-term goal that aligns with your dream
that follows the SMART goal requirements.
• When you and your partner have completed
your SMART goals, pair up.
– Check each other’s goals. Do they fulfill the
criteria? Can your partner answer all of the
questions on the handout?
SMART Goals in Family Connection
• Now that you’ve
practiced writing a
SMART goal and have
practiced writing goals
in Naviance, you’re
ready to write SMART
goals in Naviance!
SMART Goals in Family Connection
• Log in to Naviance
• Click on the “My Planner” tab
SMART Goals in Family Connection
Click on the “Goals” tab
Select “SMART Goals” form the dropdown menu
SMART Goals in Family Connection
• On this screen:
– First fill in the
SMART goal
boxes, answering
the questions
– Then, type your
long-term SMART
goal up top.
SMART Goals in Family Connection
• Don’t worry about adding next steps yet.
• To add more goals, return to the “goals”
• Now, write 2 short-term goals (that you can
accomplish this semester) that will help you
reach your long-term goal.
– If you have past goals from middle school, reflect on
them. Have you accomplished them?
• If so, great job!
• If not, are they still appropriate goals? If so, keep
• If they’re no longer appropriate, come up with
new goals.
• When you’ve finished adding your long-term
goal, repeat this process and add two short-term
academic goals.
– Remember, short-term goals are goals you want to
achieve in the next day, week, or month.
– These short-term goals should be goals that will help
you reach your long-term goal.
• Add your SMART goal from the PREP as well.
• What are two reasons to
set goals?
• What is the difference
between short-term and
long-term goals?
• What does the acronym
SMART stand for?
• Reasons for setting goals
– There are 10 reasons on your handout
– Examples: Goals help you be who you want to be,
stretch your comfort zone, boost your confidence,
and give your life purpose.
Short-term goals are those you can achieve in
days, weeks, or a month. Long-term take a
longer time to achieve like months, a year, or
What are some of the goals you set for 9th
• Bachel, B. K. (2001). What Do You Really Want? How to Set a Goal
and Go for It! A Guide for Teens. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit
Publishing Inc
• Doran, G. T. (1981). There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management's
goals and objectives. Management Review, 70(11), 35-36.
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• Southern Methodist University. How Is College Different Than High
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• Weinstein, C. E., & Awalt, C. (2001). Becoming a strategic learner:
Short and long-term goals. Retrieved from

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