- 45 minutes
- Social and Emotional Skills
4Schedule 10/23/21 08:00 AM S.M.A.R.T. Goals During this activity, students will examine the difference between a well-written S.M.A.R.T. goal and a poorly written goal. Students will categorize S.M.A.R.T. goals by short-term or https://teacheverywhere.org/activity/s-m-a-r-t-goals/Print
During this activity, students will examine the difference between a well-written S.M.A.R.T. goal and a poorly written goal. Students will categorize S.M.A.R.T. goals by short-term or long-term, as well as practice writing S.M.A.R.T. goals for goals in their own life.
Goals are the checkpoints along the road to the success for your students and all business leaders. Research shows that S.M.A.R.T. goals are a powerful tool used by successful leaders. Goal setting helps us define our target, keeps us focused on the target, and helps us check to see if we are on the right path. Henry Ford once said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal”. Focusing on our goals keep us forward looking, not focused on the obstacles, but on the target that is important to us. That positive focus will help us push aside the obstacles along the way enabling us to move forward and reach new heights.
SMART goals are those that are:
- Specific – make sure the goal lets you know: who, what, where, when, which and why.
- Measurable – the goal has some criteria for measuring whether you are meeting the it or not.
- Attainable (or Achievable) – the goal is not unreasonable or below standard performance.
- Relevant – is the goal worthwhile and meets your needs.
- Timely – the goal has a time limit.
- Protip: Typically short-term goals are those that are 1 year or less, while long-term goals are 1 to 5 years.
Some of the biggest reasons for setting S.M.A.R.T. goals are important:
- S.M.A.R.T. goals bring a higher rate of fulfillment. As we go through the process of setting goals, taking action on accomplishing our goals, and checking our progress along the way, we are empowered to achieve growing levels of satisfaction in “doing”, leading to increased confidence. *SMART goals also demonstrate the use of sound judgment, maximizing time and resources, and increasing overall performance and quality of our efforts.
- S.M.A.R.T. goals relate directly to our Foundational Values.
- We take responsibility for our future by giving us a vision of our path to success.
- S.M.A.R.T. goals require us to seek the best knowledge to create the change necessary to reach our goals.
- By setting S.M.A.R.T. goals we take ownership of and are accountable to make our own opportunities.
- SMART goals help drive the decision-making process (sound judgment) as the individual or business reflects on where it is now and where it wants to go in the future.
Social and Emotional Skills
- In this activity, students will reflect and evaluate accurate self-perceptions, recognize strengths, self-efficacy and self-confidence. Students will complete this activity based on a set goal(s) and will realize an evaluation of self is necessary to effectively create a SMART goal. Students may find recognize challenges they may face and need to solve for in order to reach their goal(s).
- In this activity, students will utilize their understanding of self to create a SMART goal. Recognizing challenges and barriers allows students to create a more reasonable goal. Students may determine each aspect of the SMART goal requires responsible decisions to be created. and SWOT and determine what is necessary for their business to achieve success. Based on their goal, students should be able to identify any problems, analyze then solve for the problems. The student will ultimately evaluate, reflect and make final responsible decisions.
- Determine how you will share the activity with your students.
- If delivering virtually in a collaborative session, determine how you will group students or if they will work independently.
- Prepare the materials listed.
- Decide how you will engage students in the “What do SMART Goals look like?” section of the activity. You may need to create a PowerPoint slide to have the goals scrambled to allow students to sort them by short-term, long-term, and poorly written.
- Review the debrief questions shared in this guide and decide how you would like to share any of those as additional reflection questions.
- Post the activity to your classroom platform for students to access and complete.
(NOTE: These directions are written for a collaborative session with students virtually – if not collaborating as a class virtually, you can post pieces of the directions online with the resources listed above.)
Part 1: What do SMART goals look like?
- Share the scrambled “Sample Goal Cards” from the Student Handouts with your students. Do NOT allow them to see which category of short-term, long-term, or poorly written they belong to.
- In breakout rooms, ask students to sort them into the category they believe they belong to – short-term, long-term, or poorly written. Allow 5-7 minutes.
- Bring students together and discuss how they categorized them, as well as their reasoning. This is a great opportunity to check for understanding.
Part 2: Practice writing S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
- Group students in pairs and share an editable version of the “Practice Writing S.M.A.R.T. Goals” handout.
- Have students transform the poorly written goals into well-written S.M.A.R.T. goals.
- Send the pairs of students to breakout rooms and allow them 10 minutes to complete.
- After you have brought the class together again, ask students to share-out their examples of well-written S.M.A.R.T. goals.
- If you run out of time, students could also share by responding to a post on your classroom platform.
- INDEPENDENT PRACTICE: Ask students to apply what they have learned by writing S.M.A.R.T. goals for one of the following:
- Write S.M.A.R.T. goals for what they want to achieve over the next year or in the future for their personal life.
- Write S.M.A.R.T. goals for what they want to achieve over the next year or in the future in regards to their education.
- Write short-term and/or long-term S.M.A.R.T. goals for a prospective business or a business they are currently operating.
Students can complete the debrief individually by answering the following questions or be put into groups via Zoom to discuss their learnings.
- Do your goals help lead you or your business where you want to go?
- How will you measure your progress, stay on track, reach your target dates, so you can experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to reach your desired end?
- Are you seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals?
- Are each of your goals tangible?
- Do you believe setting goals in the S.M.A.R.T. Goal format demonstrates sound judgment? Explain.
- By setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals do you impact your ability to use sound judgment as you take action and work towards achieving your goals?
- Is there a relationship between the Foundational Value responsibility and setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals? Explain.
- How might seeking and using the best knowledge benefit you as you write S.M.A.R.T. Goals?
- Do you think creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals can impact your ability to drive change that benefits others?
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