As a dedicated speech-language pathologist, I am always evaluating and reevaluating the goals and objectives that each one of my students have. I do this to ensure that all educational lessons are appropriate for that specific learner. Once a simple objective is met, I crank it up a notch to make it even more challenging. I continue this gradual increase until eventually, the goal is achieved and we move on to yet another goal. Goals and objectives keep me focused and organized. They are always there within the students' files, written in black and white, clear as day.
But I believe that there is such a thing as unwritten goals and objectives.
To me, unwritten goals and objectives are arguably some of the most important things that we could work on with our students. They are the goals and objectives that live inside of my mind that emphasize the importance of being a kind and caring person. For example, the student will demonstrate being a kind and caring person by holding the door for others as we walk to and from the speech room together. Or, the student will demonstrate being a kind and caring person by giving a compliment to another student within the speech therapy room.
Always work on the written goals and objectives, but try to create and work on unwritten ones, too.
Not long ago, I purposely dropped an open box of crayons all over the floor during speech therapy. I wanted to see how how this particular student would react. Would he stand up to help me clean up the mess? Or would he simply sit there and watch me as I picked up the crayons?
Well, the 1st grader just sat there.
And I was not offended or insulted. I just took that as an opportunity to create an unwritten goal and objective in my mind that focused on building that specific student's kind and caring skills. So I proceeded to say, "Gee, I sure wish I had a kind and caring friend that could help me pick up all these crayons."
Like clockwork, he got up and started helping me.
A few days later, as he and I were walking down the crowded hallway, I purposely dropped a packet of papers on the ground. It was another test to see what his reaction would be like. Well, this time the moment I started to bend down to pick them up, he also bent down to help. Together, we both picked up the papers. I thanked him and he smiled.
I have the ability to inspire students, not only academically, but also personally.
Obviously, I don't know this for sure, but I'd like to think that I quietly planted a kind and caring seed in that student's mind when I first dropped the crayons on the floor. Then, when that student saw me drop the papers on the floor and he felt that urge to help me, I'd like to think that the seed sprouted ever so slightly and he became a more kind and caring person because of it. Ya see, not only am I able to grow his communication abilities from the written goals and objectives, I am also able to help him grow personally through my unwritten goals and objectives that help him learn and understand the power of being a kind and caring individual.
Now it is YOUR turn!
I encourage you to think up some unwritten goals and objectives for your students. What little tests can you give them to see how strong their kind and caring skills are? How do you think you could you help nurture their kind and caring abilities?
Oh, and I almost forget about your poster!
I made you a beautiful poster that will help you remember to create unwritten goals and objectives for your kiddos. Enjoy, my friends!