Reading PK-3

Micro-Goals

Overview

When learners create their own micro-goals and make a plan to achieve them, they build their capacity to tackle difficult challenges and be successful.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch this fifth grade teacher use SMART goals with her students. Through this process, students reflect on their learning and goals, maintaining them in their Short-Term Memory.

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Use It in the Classroom

  • A framework that sets meaningful, attainable goals for learners is WOOP: Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, and Plan. Learners first identify a wish or something they are motivated to accomplish, then they imagine the best outcome along with an obstacle to achieving this outcome. Lastly, they outline a plan to overcome this obstacle. Through this process, learners maintain high Motivation and Attention toward their goals.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • For a developer, designing a product that incorporates milestones and goals that are realistic and pertinent can be highly motivating for learners. For their work to be relevant, learners must have the opportunity and agency to set at least some of the goals personally.