Series: Tch Tips

Three Ways to Practice Goal Setting with Your Students
Lesson Objective: Help students take an active role in their learning
All Grades / All Subjects / Engagement


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Thought starters

  1. How could setting mindfulness goals affect students' performance in other areas?
  2. Why is it helpful to make goals public?
  3. How could you incorporate peer feedback into the goal writing process?

This video is great it gave me so many great ideas to use in a classroom. Setting goals is important for students to do. I really liked it when they are given the opportunity to share and then reflect what they have written on their post in and talked with their partner. The positive feedback and suggestions were also great. This helps students reflect and learn about what they can work on in the future. A question I have is how could one help the shy students who do not really like talking out loud or sharing?

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Setting mindful goals affect students’ performance in other areas because they can set goals to improve their weaknesses and turn them into strengths. It is important that they make these goals public so that they can be accounted for. If I set a goal for myself but do not tell anyone there is no one there to see if I am achieving my goals or if I am pushing them to the side and saying I’ll work on that later. Lastly, it is important to incorporate peer feedback because they may point something out that you didn’t realize you needed to work on and they can be that someone who holds you to those standards to reach your goals.

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This video is great because it makes their goals public.  By making it public, it holds kids accountable for the goal.   I think goal setting is definitely going to be useful for those who are motivated so it will be interesting to see students who aren't goal driven do with this idea.    

Peer feedback was interesting.  I enjoyed how the teacher didn't critique, but allows for positive and improvement feedback. I may start doing this in my classroom. 

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I think it is a great idea to have students set goals.  It gives them a mark to strive for! 


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The way students were using constructive criticism was very positive and encouraging

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  • Imagine and visualize what it means to be present. So, close your eyes for just a moment. I had the

    Imagine and visualize what it means to be present. So, close your eyes for just a moment. I had the kids think about it for a moment. - And, what do you think it means to be present? - I think that. - And then get with their partner, and kinda do a walk and talk, and then to write things down on Post-It Notes. Give me one specific example. - To be in the moment, and not worry what is after. - Okay, so heres what we're going to do. I want you to write your reflection in your writing notebook, but it's going to be more on a personal level, and what you are going to work on over the next couple of months. - On your whiteboard, you're going to put a sticky note. Think about something that we should try next time to make our number talk stronger. - I should try to speak more. - Students were sharing out feedback, a chance to say, this worked, this didn't work, and we can start to brainstorm around how to make things work in a more smooth way. - We could try to get the group to listen. - Which side, honey? Okay. Students are bringing their self-selected best work to share with the class for author's chair. Think first about one thing he did a great job at, and one thing that you think he could work on. - You did a nice job on the picture, but what you need to work on is using the end marks. - Yeah, of course. I always forget to do that sometimes. - So why don't you put your checks on the ones that you're gonna focus on. Having that pure feedback really, really guided them in where to start making revisions. - Oh yeah, I forgot an end mark.

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