No matter what age or grade a student is in, goals are an important part of a child’s education to keep them on the right path and to stay motivated. Whether they’re long-term or day to day, these goals help students keep track of their progress and will help future goal-setting when they become adults. Educators who are willing to invest the time to set goals with their students also invest in their future as individuals.
What I have found in my own life is it’s best to have a few long-term goals that break down into smaller goals that can more easily be achieved. It’s easier to keep track of the progress of your long-term goal success when you have a list of small goals already completed.
Builds Self Confidence
How great does it feel to complete something on your checklist? When students meet a goal because they worked hard to achieve it, it can be a huge boost in confidence. When students feel like they can achieve their goals, they can achieve anything.
Goals Motivate Students
Let’s go back to the checklist again. When you have a long to do list looming over your head, it can be daunting, but short, manageable lists are relatively easy to finish. When students are able to set manageable goals and see that they are almost done completing them, it can be a motivation to continue to press on.
As an adult, it’s essential that you, every now and then, reassess your current situation and reconstruct new goals for the future. Goal setting is a life skill and if developed effectively while a grade student, children will carry it through their adult years.
The best way for students to set goals is to work with a mentor, teacher, or parent to come up with easily attainable goals to start. Long-term goals are also important, but they are more abstract because they are future goals. Once a student gets the hang of setting their own goals, they will be more in control of their own future and won’t need so much