New Year, New Goals
January is the time of year we think about setting new goals. Students completed goal setting conferences in November and are gearing up for the end of the quarter (and semester). With so much to do and high hopes of keeping up with it all, how do we help our children get it all done…without stressing out?
Goal setting is something we continue to work on at Hillside Academy. The key to a new goal, or routine, is to keep it simple. A SMART goal is a five-step process to effective goal setting. Yes, goals are smart to make, but what is a SMART goal?
SMART goals are:
Determine the exact goal. Narrow it down. For example, adjust the goal of I want to read more, to I will read two books per month.
Develop a goal that has can be precisely measured. I will complete extra credit each time I am provided the opportunity.
Set a goal that can be met. Setting a goal of attending homework club five times a week is not attainable since it is offered three times per week.
The goal needs to be meaningful to the student, hence, set by the student.
What is the time frame this goal is set to be met in? One month, a semester, the school year? Setting a reasonable time frame helps to keep us motivated without too much room for procrastination or too little time for feeling overwhelmed and defeated.
January is also a good time to review or adjust goals made at the beginning of the school year. It’s okay to assess and readjust goals along the way to get back on track. Goals are a great way to step out of your comfort zone and work towards attaining a new skill, improving on existing skills, or changing an area of difficulty. Setting SMART goals is a smart way to start your new year!