Goal setting for students

There are two things, Goal and Goal Setting. The goal is the end of the race and goal setting is the process of deciding what you want to achieve and how are you going to achieve that.

Goal planning begins with What… that is, we must first understand what we want, then Why…. we must understand why we desire it, and then How… the means of achieving it.

Setting goals for students is important. Students will move in the wrong direction if they do not set any goals. For students, setting both short and long-term goals is important. They are more likely to become discouraged if they only think about their long-term goals for the entire school year.

Setting goals for the short term can help students stay motivated. Students can achieve their long-term goals by setting short-term goals. Encourage them to consider what they can do in the week. Also, remember to follow up with them in a week.

Goals become more real for students when they are written down. Having their goals on paper might serve as a reminder to them whenever they back to their notebook or even the classroom wall.

The following are some of the reasons why students should learn goal setting:

  • it teaches them the ability to take responsibility for their own decisions
  • it develops a “can-do” attitude
  • it develops a strong lifelong habit