If you are not having your students set SMART goals in your classroom then they are really missing out. Goals are a great way to build trust between you and the student, give the students something to work towards, and keep them focused.
I use these in the following ways...
- I cut apart the goal sheets into small triangles
- My students write a goal in their AVID planner and then copy it onto their goal sheet
- They then place their goal in a pocket chart
They do this on Monday. At the end of the week, they pull out their goal and if they completed their goal they put it in the "I DID IT!" bucket and if they did not accomplish their goal for the week they leave it in the pocket chart.
I don't make a big deal out of the ones who have to leave it in the chart, but it is a good time to conference and ask them why they think they did not meet their goal for the week.
Usually the kids are very honest and they know if they met their goal or not. It's great to see them take this kind of responsibility for their work and behavior!