Setting Goals for the Second Semester


Now that 2016 is behind us, we look forward to what 2017 holds.  Over this winter break, I have had a chance to reflect over my entire 2016.  Oh my, was it a rough year!  It started off with a bang and with me starting a new business venture that by April I realized wasn't such a good idea.  Then I had the idea of starting my first TpT store, I did, but I wasn't ready for all that came with it.  My position was cut at my school and I was set to move to a new building but over the summer I was recruited to leave my administrative position and take on an instructional coaching position.  That was a blessing because two days before school began, my father had 2 strokes and fell sick.  From the travels back and forth (my parents live 200 miles away) I struggled to get my feet off the ground in my new position.  Finally, fall break was here.  I was ready to spend some time recuperating and getting things together.  But low and behold, two days before my birthday my father went home to be with the Lord and I have been just going through the motions ever since.  Now, 2016 has ended and I am ready to look forward at what the future holds.  



I took some time to especially look over the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year.  I was able to pinpoint a few things that I needed to take care of immediately and I was able to set a few goals for the second semester. As I reflected, I began to think about my students.  I couldn't help to think that as I reviewed the data from the last benchmark, how many of them could have had a rough first semester like me.  Could there have been some things happening in their lives that stopped them from doing their best? Are there some things that stopped them from giving their all? Were they just going through the motions? I am not sure but I know that the beginning of the second semester is a new start and allowing students the opportunity to reflect on what they did and how the first semester went, will allow them to make a change and set new goals.  

Below are a few questions we can ask students to reflect on as they reflect and set goals for the second semester:

  • What are the academic goals you set in the first semester and how much progress did you make towards your goals?
  • Do you see yourself on track to reach your goals? 
  • In what areas can you improve to reach your goals?
  • What strategies will you use to reach your goals?
  • Set a new goal for the second semester.  Your goals must be clear and reachable, each one should be SMART: Specific (simple, sensible, significant), Measurable (meaningful, motivating), Achievable (agreed, attainable), Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based), Time-bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).
  • In what classes are you not meeting your academic goals?
  • Can you identify the problems are you having in these classes? Are you having problems with in class projects, test/quiz grades, homework assignments, or participating in class?
  • What are some things you are doing that you can stop that will help you to work towards your goals?
My point is that I had a rough first semester, and I am sure some of our students have too. We can only learn from reflecting and planning for the future.  Take some time at the beginning of this second semester to allow your students to reflect and set goals moving forward. 

Happy Second Semester!


7 comments

  1. Wow! You really did have a difficult 2016. Your reflection is inspiring. Your students are fortunate to have someone so caring about their lives. This will be a great way for them to start their second semester.

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    1. Thank You! Yes, I am blessed to have them as well... I hope that this will help teachers relate that our students have lives as well....

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  2. Sorry for your loss - I lost my mother in 2016 as well! Thanks for sharing and motivating others to have a great second semester!

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    1. You're Welcome! I am sorry for your loss... I am trying to start a new for 2017 in hope to make my Daddy proud!

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  3. So sorry for your loss! Your questions are so important for all!

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    1. Thank You! Yes, these are the questions I use to be reflective...

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  4. Sorry this year has been so rough! Hopefully 2017 is the exact opposite! Goal setting is so important for both teachers and students - great tips for helping set them!

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