SMART GOALS What are they? Why use them? How do you write them? Why SMART Goals? Goals are something that you want to achieve in the future SMART goals assist in “getting focused” on where to put effort SMART goals help define exactly what the “future state” looks like and how it will be measured What Are SMART GOALS? Specific Measurable Attainable Results-based Timely SMART goals Specific and Measurable – Poor goal: I want to be a fit soccer player – Good goal: As a midfielder, I want to improve my endurance by running for thirty minutes three or four times a week SMART goals Attainable and Results-based – There is no point setting a goal that you cannot reach; you are not setting yourself up for success, but failure – Set goals that you can achieve, and then once you achieve them, set new ones – Goals should push for an end result – something YOU want to see happen SMART goals Timely – Make a detailed plan with a time frame for when and how the goal is to be achieved – Write goals down SMART goals Putting the pieces together… Tips for achieving your goals Choose a goal: be very specific Write it down List what you need to reach your goal List what you need to do to reach your goal Set a date for reaching your goal Plan how you will reward yourself Sample Goal #1: By 17 December, I would like to improve my homework habits by working without the TV, phone, or internet as a distraction for 30 solid minutes, each day that I have math homework. I will record my homework habits and distractions while doing my work. Sample Goal #2: I want to work more collaboratively with my peers in class, so I will volunteer to coach groups when I understand the solution, and ask my classmates for help in learning groups when I need help, instead of remaining quiet. Sample Goal # 3: By the spring SLC time, I want to improve my resourcefulness when it comes to math, by increasing the number of resources I use to learn, practice, and study by adding 5 new resources. Sample Goal # 4: I want to challenge myself more in math before Christmas break, by trying to solve 1 blue level homework question from each homework assignment. Sample Goal # 5: Since I still struggle with my multiplication facts, I want to practice and memorize all of my multiplication tables by January so that I can solve problems more quickly and easily. Sample Goal #6: I want to stop relying on other people to help me solve math questions, so I will look back at my textbook, class notes, and use Khan Academy videos and practice to help me solve problems more independently. Questions?