The Importance Of Goal Setting

Welcome to 2020, a new year…and a new decade! As we shift into the newness that comes with a new year it is important to look at our goals.

Defining Goals

There are two types of goals; short term and long term goals. Short term goals are those goals that are able to be accomplished in 6 months or less. Long term goals are goals that take 6 months or longer to accomplish.

Another important factor in considering and making goals is the S.M.A.R.T goal method.  The S.M.A.R.T. acronym stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timeframe. These factors provide a filter that helps make goal setting productive and successful. The S.M.A.R.T. goal method brings up questions such as, What is the specific goal? How will the goal be measured? Is the goal attainable considering current situations and circumstances? Is the goal realistic? What is the timeframe for reaching the goal?

Goals and Reading

Goals are also a helpful tool when reading with students. Goals empower the student to set benchmarks for themselves and work towards achieving them. Goals also help students feel a sense of accomplishment and success.

As we begin meeting with students this spring semester, consider how you might empower your students by using the tool of goal setting. Reading goals can include number of pages or chapters read, improving word pronunciation, or the amount of time reading at home.

Making A Difference

As an Education Connection volunteer you committed to the goal of reading with students weekly for 30 minutes. By serving the students you are making a difference. The commitment you have made is impacting the next generation. You are changing the world one book at a time.

May 2020 be a year of successfully achieving goals!

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