As the school year begins again, it is a great time to talk to your child about the goals that they have for their learning experience. The power of goal setting helps students to focus when the learning becomes frustrating and allows for celebration when goals are achieved. It also lends itself to great conversation between child and parent(s), both on how to set reachable goals and how to persevere when the going get tough. I would recommend anywhere between two to three goals that you commit to paper and revisit throughout the school year. Additionally, these goals should not about achieving a certain grade, but rather focused on skills and attributes that can built on throughout the middle school years. For example, a goal centered on participating once in each academic class, or completing all homework in a timely manner, will help a student learn time management and social skills.
Another aspect of goal setting would be to make sure it something that the student wants to achieve. I can think back to the days when I was a college athlete, and we would spend time envisioning the time we wanted to achieve by the end of the season. The purpose centered on the theory of putting thoughts into action and focusing on the task at hand each and every practice. The same thought process applies by having two to three great goals for the school year: it will provide a vision, an aspect to focus on daily, and another marker in the growth of your child as both a student and growing young adult.
Good luck in your goal setting and I look “forward” to talking with your child about how they are doing on their journey toward achieving their goals for the year.
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney
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