Work with students to help them create their own goals to direct their learning in an authentic way.


Through conferencing or self reflection opportunities, students are encouraged to think about their strengths and challenges in a particular subject area. They may refer to work samples, videos, conversation notes or checklists to gather data to understand what they are having success with and the areas they see are in need of development. This can then inform teacher planning and student initiated learning. Goal setting with students has the potential to build motivation and self belief. By working from what a student already knows, they enter the zone of proximal development which increases  their chances of success.

Further Reading:

Edutopia – A Framework for Student Goal-Setting

Teacher Vision – Strategies to Support Student Goal Setting in the Classroom – Goal Setting for Students, Kids, & Teens

Created by Sarah Metzger
Reviewed by Louis Olander

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