How to Set Goals With High School Students
Help your students set goals for themselves and encourage them to set their own expectations.
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss how to set goals with high school students.Start with inspiration. Try using famous quotes from famous people around the classroom to set the tone of inspiration and momentum, such as this quote from Michaelangelo: "If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn't call it genius."Help your students set goals for themselves. Encourage them to set their own expectations. This builds self-sufficiency and learning. Plan out practical ways as to how the student can make that goal. Build in specific ways that you, as the teacher, can assist them in meeting that goal. Perhaps the student will devise their own study system to meet expectations of quizzes and tests throughout the semester, and get that A+.You can help out by gearing that study system towards their specific learning styles and needs -- things they may not be aware of themselves. And help guide a student's goals, especially if they're unrealistic. If the student dramatically overpromises, they can end up feeling like a failure, instead of someone who can achieve that goal.Use your experience as a teaching professional to set a smart, achievable goal. Make short-term and long-term goals with your high school students. Short-term goals might include a certain test score or test score average for the entire class, or one student can make the honor roll. Long-term goals can include getting a certain score on the SATs, or getting into a specific college or university.Set checkpoints for the goal that's been set. Be sure to go over the goals periodically with your student. It helps to keep them on track and may help get them through some stumbling blocks.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.