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How Teachers can help Students set Academic Goals

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The beautiful thing about goals is that they can be set and achieved at any age.

As a teacher, you understand that not all of your students will have the tools to set their academic goals.

The majority of them may not even have strategies to effect change and work towards their set goals.

That is why you have to provide a structure that will help your students set their academic goals, bearing in mind that it is a continuous process.

Equipping students with goal-setting skills gives them a forward-thinking mindset towards their academic development, helps them reflect on the goals, and prepares their minds for the future.

Setting academic goals is an important component for growth and development in students because it personalizes the learning process based on their needs, creates intention and motivation that empowers students, establishes accountability to shift responsibility to students, and provides a foundation for students to advocate for their needs.

How then can you help your students set their goals and achieve them over time?

You can spend some time in class with your students just discussing their goals and what actions they can take to achieve those goals.

You can also ask them to take some time to imagine some skill, task, or behavior they want to focus their thoughts on and have conversations on this in pairs or groups.

The focus should not just be on the goals but also strategies for achieving them and areas they could improve in if they didn’t achieve them.

Always advise them to document their goals and progress in a book so that they can always reflect on them.

This will inspire creativity and personalization because they then have a visual representation of the progress of their journey.

Make it a point to always ask students questions ranging from what goals they were able to achieve (what areas they did well in or improved), what areas they can improve on, what they can do differently to achieve better results, what actions they can take to meet up, and what ways others can help them achieve their set goals.

This will help them put things in perspective and keep them on track.

Helping students to set goals can help you manage your classroom and help students with their academic performance as it helps students become more aware of their expectations and equips them with solid methods to achieve an outcome.


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