Goal setting is the first and probably the most important scale in our Personal Responsibility–Achieving Academic and Career Goals Personal Responsibility Map. By definition, a goal is an object or end that one strives to attain. A goal is an end toward which one directs some effort. Goal setting is the ability to set clear written goals with plans and dates for achieving or reaching them.

Wishes vs. Goals

A wish is a desire or longing for; it is an expression that somebody wants. It might be possible or it might not. A wish may, at some point in time, become a goal. Once it becomes a goal, it can be acted upon.

Goals and the MTSS Process

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a term used to describe an evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention (Florida’s MTSS project). This definition brings together the worlds of academic instruction and behavioral intervention. Perhaps one of the most obvious connections between the academic world and the behavioral world is a motivation to learn. For motivation to exist, a goal must exist. It is that simple. In its simplest form, the goal might be to get an academic course finished.  In a more sophisticated approach, there is an undeniable connection between the academic course and how it will assist an individual in achieving his or her goal. Research demonstrates that the closer this connection is, the more motivation is created.

Basic Goal-Setting Rules to Live By

In our Goal Setting invention unit, we teach the basics of goal setting and goal achievement.  Here are a few of the basic rules:

  1. Believe in your dreams
  2. Select meaningful, challenging and exciting goals.
  3. Goals must match your values.
  4. Set goals that can be measured.
  5. Set a timeline for each goal.
  6. Write clear goal statements

These are just some of the basic rules of goal setting.

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