January 14, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are getting to the end of January and your child is starting the third semester. It’s not quite President’s day but still far from spring break. Unfortunately, this is the time to make sure we keep them focused. How can we help our kids stay on track with focus and keep up excellent grades? One solution is to set S.M.A.R.T. goals in the classroom and at home. Last week, I worked with all 7th and 8th grade students along with Mrs. Fraleigh on setting S.M.A.R.T goals.
What are S.M.A.R.T. goals?
S.M.A.R.T is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Usually, they are used in business settings but yes middle schoolers can apply these concepts as well. Next, have your child list out what goals they want to achieve in school. Use color markers and draw them on a board. Always make learning fun but attentive.
Try stating the goal in writing. (Is it a short-term or long-term goal?) e.g. “I will learn a new word every day.”
- Set a time frame to accomplish the goal, e.g. “I will learn seven words in a week.”
- Help your child visualize accomplishing his/her goal.
- When the time frame has passed, help your child determine if he or she has reached the goal.
- Talk about and recognize which efforts did or did not work. (We learn from our mistakes.)
Goal setting helps kids learn from their failures, and increases the likelihood of task completion and the probability of student success.
Miss Lauren Schneider, M.Ed.
Professional School Counselor