Creating School Year Goals Together
The beginning of the school year and continuation of your child’s learning journey will bring some challenges they’ve never seen before. This can cause stress and anxiety for both you and your child, especially if you don’t communicate with each other.
Being an active listener to your child’s concerns while offering support and ways to manage their stress is especially important during this uncertain time. Even though you don’t have all of the answers of how your child will react to a different learning environment, creating goals or resolutions can “help them focus”.
One way to come up with and effectively track a goal is by using the S.M.A.R.T.E.R Goals system:
S = Specific (create a specific goal)
M = Measurable (can the goal be measured?)
A = Accountable (does your child have the tools to accomplish this goal?)
R = Realistic (is the goal your child set realistic?)
T = Timely (is there a timeframe to finish the goal?)
E = Evaluate (review the success of this goal with your child)
R = Reset Goal (if the goal was accomplished, create another goal!)
Have your child’s S.M.A.R.T.E.R goal be visible (printout, poster, etc.) so they are reminded about what they are working towards. Try making it a habit to set goals with your child throughout the school year and beyond. This process can help develop what we call The FasTrack Advantages: communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and confidence!