Goal Setting and The New Year

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Dec 27, 2014 9:56:14 AM

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Teaching children to set and achieve goals helps them to develop a positive and productive lifetime habit. Research has shown that people who write down a goal and create a plan to achieve it and more likely to reach and achieve the goal.



List Your Goals

Writing down ones goals is a researched and proven way to help people achieve goals. People can make a list, write their goals in a journal, write them on post-its. Write them down in a place that the can be seen and revisited at frequently.

Make a Vision Board

Working with kids to create a visual board of their future goals is a powerful tool. It is easy to create using poster board, glue and pictures from magazines. Students can also draw pictures, take pictures, or find them on the computer.

Use a Flow Chart In Planning

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Creating a flow chart helps to identify the steps needed to achieve the goal. This chart is taken from, Good Housekeeping and the article “A Husband Who Does the Dishes,”.


Work With a Partner or Team

Working with a partner or team greatly increases the probability that the goal will be achieved. I went from sitting on the couch to running a 5K (3.1 miles) race with the help of just one running partner. After my first 5K run, I joined a running group and ran an entire full marathon (26.2 miles), seven months later. Joining a group helped me to develop the skills I needed to successfully achieve the goal. It also helped me to keep motivated and I had a lot of fun!


Running a marathon is a major goal. I was able to accomplish this goal by using the strategies listed above. They work!














Families and educators can use the internet to find groups that work together to achieve a common goal. Classroom teachers can also lead their class in order to help them to achieve a common goal. Schools can set school-wide goals such as reading 20 minutes per day and documenting it on a reading log.

Books To Help People Reach Goals

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these informational, narrative and humorous texts. Sharing these books is an excellent way to get students excited about learning. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

Educators and parents can teach children the value of working together. Reading books on this topic helps children to better understand this concept. Below is a helpful book that speaks about the value of working together.

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by Kyla Steinkraus (author) © 2013

Teaching students that teamwork, sharing, and cooperating are important steps in working together and help you reach a goal much faster.


mediumTrabajemos juntos (Let's Work Together)

by Kyla Steinkraus (author) © 2013
This Title Teaches Students That Teamwork, Sharing, And Cooperating Are Important Steps In Working Together And Help You Reach A Goal Much Faster.


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