How much do we talk to our kids about goal setting? I know at my house, there is often such a rush between meals, homework, activities, playing outside, and chores. I am hoping to do a better job with my own boys talking to them about goals and reaching those goals. I also want to know a lot more about their goals.
This coming week in Second Step during middle school advisory at Kelvin Grove, students are talking about goals. They will learn an effective strategy for achieving goals, because we see our students often aren't sure how to go about their goals, other than simply naming them. They will practice breaking big goals down into small, simple steps and creating plans for how to take each step.
I think there are several ways we can begin to help with this at home. Think of a time you achieved a big goal, such as learning to drive or graduating from school. Tell your child about your goal and how you achieved it, and ask your child to tell you about a goal he or she has. Make comparisons and contrast your goals with thiers. Make the conversation about the both of you and your goals.
Good luck with goal setting this week!
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.