We did some more goal setting in my Grade 8 class today. Last week, I asked the students to set goals for themselves as learners in 2012. When I read over their journals on the weekend, I noticed that all of the goals were pretty general:
- Work very hard and get everything done.
Get better grades.
Get As in school.
Do my best in school. Lose weight.
Focus, work hard, get along with others.
Today, I had the AO and also a community worker in to talk about being specific about their goals. I modeled that I could change my general goal – To get better at asssessment – to I will buy and read one or two books on assessment and I will write about what I am learning. The students will sharpen their goals over the next day or so and then do a Bitstrip one panel comic with themselves and their specific goals as part of their journal work.
Of course, I have quite a few blank entries in student journals as well. Lots of students don’t know what goals they might set for themselves. Maybe they have yet to imagine what a goal might be for. I was wondering if a video project based on GOOD’s What do you love might help them mine their interests for reasons to do well and to live well.
One thing I love is Good.is