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Student Goal-Setting Template

Growth mindset initiative has put the spotlight back on students to transform how they see themselves as learners. It is a hopeful, can-do, never-give-up attitude. One of the mechanisms that is often used, sometimes required by schools, admin, or districts, as part of a growth mindset agenda is to put responsibility back onto the student for setting yearly S.M.A.R.T. goals with clearly identifiable steps toward those big goals.

At the middle school level, you can talk and say all you want about anything, and as great as it may be, they won't think another thing about it until it's written down or recorded somewhere. This is where the STUDENT GOAL-SETTING GOOGLE SLIDE DECK TEMPLATE came into my head. The slide deck format is perfect tool because it's different from just another Google Doc that we normally use in my English writing class. And always as a teacher, my immediate thoughts were to create a template that was useful, first of all, for students to record their yearly-goals, and second, create a template that was easy for me to manipulate and push out to students to add to the Digital Data Folders on their school Google Drive. And voila...the FULLY EDITABLE YEARLY STUDENT GOALS SLIDE DECK TEMPLATE was born.

Although I created it for my English class, it can be edited for use in ANY CLASS OR SUBJECT. My students use this slide deck to develop, create, identify, assess, and reflect on 3 big goals for the year as a writer. These usually include goals such as:

  • Scoring proficient or higher on at least 5 writings this year.
  • Mastering at least 2 new writing hooks
  • Developing skill at writing speeches
  • Improving my skill as word choice by scoring at least 8/10 on our traits rubric
You get the idea. But the template doesn't stop there. When my daughter did not make all-district band one year, it was the end of the world to her. I asked her if she wanted to make it next year, what was she going to do to make that happen. She said, "Play better?" I told her she can say that till the cows come home and it wouldn't get her any closer to making all-district band. Instead, I asked her what 3 things she could do to "play better?" She very quickly replied with bring my flute home every day, practice at home at least 30 minutes each day, and stay on tutoring days every time they were offered. 
Now we were getting somewhere with goals-setting. So, I did the same on my student goals-setting template. Not only doe students record 3 main goals for the year, but they also set 3 sub-goals for each main goal. Even still, wasn't enough. So I added another level down - 3 steps that the student will take to achieve those sub-goals. Their goals statements worked down to a specific as possible. and that's how you get results! OH, I wasn't done...I added a space for students to go and write REFLECTIONS throughout the year so that they are responsible for their own assessment. Are you getting closer to your main goals? Do you need to adjust any goals? What do you still need to do to be heading toward meeting your main goals? You know...self-reflection. And it all stems from the growth mindset initiative and concepts that is truly trans-formative for middle school students. 

If you'd like a copy of my FULL EDITABLE YEARLY STUDENT GOAL SETTING SLIDE DECK TEMPLATE, you can find it here on my TPT store. 

As always, what tools or template or advice do you have about smart goal-setting for your students? How has goals-setting and student self-reflection & assessment transformed your classroom?

Happy Goal-Setting!

Mrs. B


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