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5 Easy Steps To Set Goals Kids Can Stick To

When students set goals, the purpose is always to do something better. Whether it’s getting a better grade in math or not staying up so late, the intention is to improve. So why do so many goals go unreached? Setting goals that students can stick to is a process; there is a right way and a wrong way to set goals that lead to success.

Set Goals That Are Simple to Stick to

Setting goals is a vital part of achieving success in school. Learning to set goals the right way helps students improve their marks on assignments, get better grades, and boost their motivation and self-confidence. When students set clear, achievable, and measurable goals, they are more likely to stick to them. When students set goals they can stick to, they are better able to reach their full potential.

Try These Five Tips:

  1. Set Cam Goals. Follow the CAM rule when setting any goal; ensure that the goal is stated clearly, and is achievable, and measurable.
    Avoid vague goal statements such as, “I want better math grades.” CAM goals use specific language: “I want to get 80% in math by the end of the term.” Next, outline how to achieve this goal and then track progress.
  2. Talk About Your Goals. While goals can be personal, talking with children about why setting goals matters is a big part of helping children take ownership of what they want to achieve in life and school.
  3. Check-in Frequently. Tracking progress at regular intervals is a crucial step in helping stay on track with goals Checking-in is a great way to keep the momentum moving forward and helps let you know when you’ve reached the original goal and that it’s time to set a new one.
  4. Celebrate all the Milestones. There are many successes to be celebrated as students work toward a goal. Whether it’s the first time they got an A on a spelling test or the first time they finished a project before a deadline, celebrating the small victories is a great way to keep students motivated to stay on track with their goals.
  5. Write Every Goal Down. Students who write their goals down and outline the steps to reach them are 42% more likely to achieve those goals. Use an agenda, a whiteboard, or a calendar to write out goals and be sure to include timelines!

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