STUDENT GOAL SETTING
Student goal setting is based on careful analysis and determination of one’s own level of performance as it related to basic expectations and requirements. Data that is collected from self-reflections and surveys can be beneficial when children are required to set their own purposes for learning.
When students set their own goals, they have to consider what they do well and what they need to work on to improve or enhance their learning. Thinking and planning are essential. Children sometimes need guidance to develop goals that are both appropriate to stretch their learning and achievable based on their skill levels. Students who set goals for themselves become actively involved in the learning progress. They know what they have to do to be successful and they have an idea about how to accomplish what they set forth to do.
It is important that students review their own progress on a regular basis. Goal setting involves commitment. At times, changes need to be made and plans need to be adjusted. The most important aspect of goal setting is that there is accountability for learning and it is viewed as a shared responsibility.