SMART Goal Setting

The Bible states in Proverbs 29:18 stats that "Where there is no vision, the people perish".  Others have stated that "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail".  We see time and time again that setting goals and making plans are essential to success.  So how do we do this?
George T. Doran published a paper in 1981 entitled "There's a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management's Goals and Objectives" (  In this paper you will find the S.M.A.R.T acronym so commonly used in business, however, it can also be applied to education.
SMART Goal Setting 
S – Specific - What specific skill does your student need improvement in?
M – Measurable - How will you know that your student has improved?  How will you measure their progress?  
A – Achievable - In Doran's original paper it actually states "Assignable", however, for our purposes, make sure the goal you set is achievable by the student based on their competency level.
R – Realistic -  Make sure the goal is realistic.
T – Time Bound - Specify a time table of when you want the goal reached.
By setting SMART goals you improve your student's rate of success.


Andrea H.

Certified Teacher Specializing in Mathematics Tutoring and Instruction

20+ hours
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