Saturday, August 20, 2016

SMART Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Students!

Setting SMART Goals and Objectives with Students starts with Motivation. Motivation is the desire to meet goals that we see as beneficial and worth the effort or sacrifice!

SMART goal setting and motivation strategies: 
  • Make goals fun and challenging
  • Create a buffet of options to consider, we love choice
  • Teach students the behaviors of persistence using the arts
  • Work in teams and partners to share the success and lift each other when things get challenging
  • Write down your goals, daily task, and your action plan the real work needed to meet your goals
  • Think like a successful person develop the positive habits of mind that you need to meet your goals
  • Create pros and cons balance sheet as a visual reminder the value of meeting your goal
  • Plan for failures, relapse, setbacks, and ways you will get back on the wagon
  • Praise yourself and be grateful for any and all progress, and be kind and generous with forgiving yourself

Creating SMART goals and student action plans (SAP) to address student learning and behavior issues is the key to turning around your classroom and your school. 

Today the world is getting smarter and sharper than ever before.
Students who are goal oriented, problem-solvers, resilient, and possess a growth mindset will play a vital role in building the future of our world. So, today we need to guide parents and students to develop S.M.A.R.T. goals and objective to achieve their maximum potential. Unpacking the SMART goal-setting acronym and developing a SMART goal action plan, we have

S… Specific
T…Timely and Tangible

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A lot of time is wasted or diverted in accomplishing unproductive activities usually while we look for the unnecessary explanations, extraneous details, data, and or someone to place blame. Our goals should always be about creating precise actionable solutions and there shouldn’t be any space for the vague generalities or blame. We should start with developing a SAP student action plan that charts goals and timelines, on which, we eliminate the time wasting details, obstructions or hindrances, and work and set our eye on the main goal. To achieve our target, there is a design of questions waiting to be answered,

  • Who: Document the names and job titles of people who are involved in the task with you. 
  • What: What are my targets, which I will achieve? 
  • Where: The place where the work is going to take place. Especially in what kind of learning environment will we work? 
  • When: Time limit should be set. And for some added efficiency, use GANTT and PERT charts. 
Modern Gantt charts show the dependency (i.e., goals, objectives, task, actions and performance outcomes) relationships between SMART goal activities. Gantt charts can be used to show current schedule status using percent-complete shadings and a vertical "TODAY" line as shown here.

The program (or SMART goal action plan) evaluation and review technique, commonly abbreviated PERT, is a statistical tool, used in project management, which was designed to analyze and represent the tasks involved in completing a given project and meeting goals and performance objectives. First developed by the United States Navy in the 1950s, it is commonly used in conjunction with the critical path method (CPM).

  • Which: Look out for the troubles, obstacle or hindrances in the way, which will derail you later if not addressed. And also take a look at the requirements of all parties involved. (parents and students must be involved)
  • Why: State the academic or behavioral reason, the give and take, the pros and cons of the goal. What will be its stated purpose and desired outcome and in how much time will it take before it bears its fruit. 
Example: A general goal will be to get good grades. But a more precise and accurate goal will be by studying and improving, how much good grade can I get for my mid-term or final exams.

After conquering the specific task, now we will march towards the Measurable


The first thing in your mind should be, are your goals quantifiable or nonquantifiable (Measurable, YES or NO!). After determining a measurable outcome, work out strict criteria for measuring the progress and time frame required to achieve each goal, you must have clear benchmarks and milestones in front of you. Determine how much time, how much effort, how much energy and focus is needed, required or desired to get across the finish line. When you have completed each SMART goal, task or action on your worksheet check it off your list and celebrate the achievement! By actively monitoring weekly progress and actively charting data, this will help everyone stay the course, improve focus! Goals that are rigorous and challenging start changing habits and help keep students on the track for academic success. Reach your goals on or before the target dates and you will feel like a Gold Medal Olympian on the winners stand! Excitement, joy, happiness is a powerful motivator when student meets a goal that took real time and effort to reach! After conquering BIG goals, you are catapulted forward to set your next BIG goals, and the intrinsic satisfaction of completing your goals will break all the barriers, bad study habits, and you will truly experience something transformational and extraordinary.

To see if your goal is measurable, ask yourself some questions.
  • When will I complete my goal if I am totally dedicated? 
  • How much time will it take daily to meet my goal? 
  • How many goal coaches (family and teachers) will it take to complete the task?

When you have concluded that which goal is or are the most important to you then it is time for you to do some sweating. Start working for them and make them a living dream. Figure out what kind of abilities, skills, attitudes and financial needs will be required to fill them with a soul. You can begin with previously unattended opportunities to make yourself visible to the target. Previously we have advised you to draw a GANT or PERT chart, now is the time to use them. If you have the willpower to achieve your goal then no one can stop you. First build a concrete foundation then start building the building on it. Eventually the top of the building, once looked like an unreachable dream will now be closer to reality, you can see it and live it. It’s just that the right amount of nutrition will give you tasty, ripping, and delicious and mouth watering fruit.


The impression of your goal must be some real and attainable thing, which can be achieved not a fairy tale. To achieve your goal you must possess the concentrated amount of willingness and the ability to do it. Your goal should look like a real thing, no matter how much difficult it look like but after that you are the one who will pave the way and be sure they all need some substantial progress. If you have an eye on the sky then you will tear yourself apart but will be there someday but if your goal is to reach the roof the house then you will not have the same amount of energy for it, because high goals give you high spirits to unlock them. Once your failed dreams are now the apple of your eye because you have given them the time and now you are proud of yourself that you did it. The reason for this is that you have believed that you can do it, and then it looked realistic to you, and gradually you have owned it. Look for some additional or similar ways which helped you to achieve you previous goals and transfer that energy in this goal now.

Timely and Tangible

Your goal should have a proper schedule and milestones to be reached within the given time, space and diligent labor. If you haven’t anchored or tied your goals to a visual time frame, your goals are just wishes, this will make you lazy and everyone involved dispassionate, and eventually, your plans and goals will only be a pile of trash. If you want to achieve an A grade in a subject then you have to make a study schedule because saying I will do it or going without a time frame will not give you desired result. But if you say that I will study every day from 7 PM to 10 PM then this is what will help you in constructing an A grade. Tangible means when you can sense your goals like taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. And when this happens there are more chances to make it specific, then measurable and finally you achieve it.

Some SMART goals Tips

Long Term goals, encourage the students to have a life plan.
  • What are your future plans for the next 5-10 years?
  • What kind of work looks interested to you?
  • What kind of goal grabs your attention?
  • Do you get quantifiable satisfaction or non-quantifiable satisfaction?
Medium Range Goal, for those who don’t have a life plan but are willing to grab something from life.
  • After spending 2-5 years, what do you want to do next
  • How many areas of interest do you have?
  • Who are your reliable teachers, coaches, and companions?
Short term goals, specific goals

  • Duration of 3-6 months up to one year
  • Only one strategy to reach your goal.


S     Specific | Scholarly | Studious 
M    Measurable | Meaningful | Mighty
A    Attainable | Adroit | Accelerated
R     Relevant | Rigorous | Robust
T     Time-bound | Tailored | Tangible

1 comment:

  1. Love this! Reposted on my ScoopIt Board: Good Ideas About Learning


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