New Year’s Goals for School

A new year brings so much promise and hope for many people; especially for students. Teaching
students about goal setting helps not only their foundations for when they grow up, but their academic
and work histories for their future. Teaching goals early not only helps build self-esteem, but gains
confidence and understanding. Taking simple goal setting steps can really transform anyone to do
better; especially children.
Step #1: Define the Goal
This is one of the easiest parts of goal making because it is defining what a student wants to
accomplish. In school, counselors help students make decisions on what they want to achieve in school
and they usually write it out on paper so that they can work towards their goals. At home, a parent can
sit with their child and come up with lots of ideas about goal setting. An example of a goal for school
would be to come up with different strategies of studying for history so the grade will be higher by the
end of the school year. An example of a goal for home would be to finish homework during the school
week before dinner time. By defining these goals, students will understand what they need to focus on
and work towards achieving the goal.
Step #2: Setting the Date
Setting the date is one of the hardest things in goal setting because a student wants to make and
define a goal, but usually not set a particular date with the goal in order to achieve it. The reason for
this is because it usually causes more pressure and stress when a counselor puts a date on the goal.
After goals are defined, a counselor can put them into two parts which are short-term and long-term.
Short-term goals are goals that are set to be reached by one to six months. Long-term goals are goals
that are usually reached after six months. An example of a short-term goal for a student in second
grade would be to read half of their book report book in two weeks. An example of a long-term goal for
a fifth grade student would be to read 15book report books by the end of the school year. By setting
dates, the student feels assured that goals can be obtainable and achievable.
Step #3: Goal Evaluation
The evaluation of goals can be easy, hard, and challenging, but overall students should see whether
their goals have been met or not. The steps for goal evaluation are the student comes into the
counselors office, they look at the goal, the student gives them the evidence that they have either
achieved the goal or not achieved the goal, and discuss with them future steps in either changing the
goal and date or brainstorming other ideas for accomplishment. This will help students to understand
that goals are important and if they did not achieve the goal, they can find out why the goal was not
achieved and figure out ways to achieve goals for school and future workplaces.
Goal setting is so helpful to so many students and parents. Without goals, students would not be
able to see what they need to work on in school. Goals allow students to see what items need attention
in school. Goals are a blessing in disguise and should be recognized as a help; not a problem. Without
goals, students would have nothing to work for which could cause problems in the future.

Written by: Marcella Hays – Novastar Prep Learning Coach

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