Thursday, September 5, 2013

Goal Setting for Students and Teachers as Part of the Classroom Curriculum

Goal setting: creates a future
Goal setting: creates a future (Photo credit: lululemon athletica)
by James M Egan

Seeing students and teachers getting involved in a goal setting procedure is my ultimate goal!

Why goal setting has not been seen as being influential enough to be taught in the classroom, I don't quite understand. The students and teachers can both benefit from a goal setting technique.

Think about the long range benefits for the students, as they make their way through life and now they have the gift of being able to pursue any goal they want.

The teacher, on the other hand, has gained the knowledge of goal setting and can use it for personal or career choices, as well as the pleasure of giving this lifetime gift to their students.

I think that goal setting has not been seen as something that would benefit the student. Part of this misunderstanding could be that setting goals is something that's reserved for athletes, corporations, military generals, and other high-level decisions.

We forget that these same students will someday have a need for this skill, whether it's in their family, personal, or business lives.

Just ask anyone who has gone to a Military school what they think about the importance of what they were taught about setting objectives (goals), and developing strategic and detailed plans to support that objective.

Learning this highly dynamic technique could someday save lives, win battles, and instill confidence in the troops under their command.

Currently, the education system provides counselors to help the students decide which courses to choose. They also help them decide which "majors" might be best for them. In other words, they're pretty much setting the stage for the students future.

There's nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't allow students to think for themselves about what they might want to be or become. At an early age, they're going to depend on the counselors.

Wouldn't it be fantastic if the students already had been taught a course that contained strong, proven, goal-setting procedures? Then, they could be given the task of using this new ability to create a goal for themselves that would define whatever they see as their immediate future.

When they then sit down with a counselor, the counselor would have an idea of what the student has already determined should be his/her short term future.

Armed with this information, I think it might be an easier task for the counselor to determine what the students have already outlined, and determine how to encourage them.

This method also forces the students to start thinking for themselves and isn't this a major part of learning - to support this process? If these future leaders have a firm grasp of how to set goals, and which goals to create, it could help propel them into leadership roles in any area they might like!

Don't get me wrong. I think teachers have one of the toughest jobs in society today, and are to be commended for it! I just think this would help the student to be able to think clearly on their own.

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Get your copy and I guarantee you will not be disappointed when you decide to sit down and begin setting your first major goal. It will walk you through ever important phase of setting goals, and it could change your life. James M Egan

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