What are SMART Goals?
SMART is an acronym and mnemonic device to remember five fundamental characteristics of goals that increase motivation and improve the odds of accomplishing a set of goals. SMART goals are:
Why is it important to set SMART goals?
Where can I learn more?
What will students learn?
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to…
- Explain what each letter of the SMART acronym stands for
- Understand how the SMART goal setting strategy can be used to more accomplish goals
- Evaluate whether a goal follows the SMART framework and develop SMART goals for those which do not
- Break larger goals down into smaller steps and identify strategies to take those steps
- Record, reflect on and evaluate goal progress and outcomes
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