Personalized Learning Strategy:

Provide goal-setting frameworks and tools

NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Develop Learner Agency Course

Goal-setting is an important life skill and leads to better learning outcomes when done right. Providing tools and frameworks, such as SMART Goals and WOOP Goals, to learners to scaffold their goal-setting and reflecting process has proven to be an effective strategy that leads to long-term goal-setting

Bright Spots

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Regular Reflection

Build goal setting into weekly planning routines and ask learners to regularly reflect.

Using Prompts

Using prompts to help learners set their goals and create action plans helps them organize their thinking

Highlight Accomplishments

Students in Mineola reflect on their goals by highlighting ones that they have accomplished and adding a neuron image to the ones they are working on.

End of Year Reflection

4th grader sets and reflects on their goals for the year.

Weekly Goals

Source: 3rd Grade Thoughts

Students in 3rd grade set a goal on a post-it at the beginning of the week and then use this reflection tool to reflect on their progress on Fridays, first independently and then with a friend.


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