At the beginning of the year, enrolled home educators hear a lot about Student Learning Plans. The SLPs consist of goals, activities that help meet those goals, ways to check if students are meeting the goals, resources to help meet the goals, and finally, a timeline that indicates when those goals should be met.
Besides academic, there are spiritual, social, physical, emotional, and/or practical goals. All should be relevant, achievable, and measurable.
Studies have shown that goals have a greater chance of being met if :
- They are meaningful and relevant.
- They are written down.
- They are posted in a prominent place where they will be viewed often (i.e. fridge, beside the computer, a wall by the student's workspace).
- They are shared with someone else (an accountability partner).
May this be a year of hitting the 'bull's eye' in goal achievement!