What is the Purpose? How SMART Is Your Goal?

sjbeard-2Susi Beard is a 2nd grade teacher at Metcalf Laboratory School in Normal, IL.  She has a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning and has been teaching for 15 years.  Having taught in a variety of grade levels has allowed her to follow the latest ideas for engaging students in writing, reading, math and science.  In this post, she challenges ECE teachers to really think through their teaching goals with awesome strategies to consider!

What is the Purpose?  How SMART Is Your Goal?  Questions Teachers Should be Asking Themselves on a Daily Basis!

edTPA , Charlotte Danielson, NBCT…

It seems there are always new challenges to take on and new ways of teaching to read about and practice.  Teachers need to be life long learners, along with their students.

I am currently one of 10 candidates, in my school, working towards my National Board Certification.  The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) believes if we strengthen teachers, then we will strengthen schools.  The NBPTS have set 5 core propositions that all accomplished teachers should demonstrate.

5 Core Propositions

  1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring students learning.
  4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  5. Teachers are members of learning communities.

As you can see these, propositions align with the expectations of accomplished teachers in edTPA and the Charlotte Danielson instrument for evaluation.

edTPA

  1. Planning Instruction and Assessment
  2. Instructing and Engaging Students in Learning
  3. Assessing Student Learning
  4. Analysis of Teaching Effectiveness
  5. Academic Language Development

Recently our staff met to collaborate and discuss setting SMART Goals.  In order for a goal to be SMART, it needs to have 5 elements.

SMART Goal Setting

  1. S. Specific – What is your goal? How often? Where?
  2. M. Measureable – How will you measure your goal?
  3. A. Attainable – Are they achievable and challenging?
  4. R. Relevant – Is the goal realistic?
  5. T. Time-bound – Do you have a time frame?

Below is an example of a SMART Goal I am using in my 2nd grade classroom.  As you will see, it also aligns with the Danielson; 1a-1f, NBCT Proposition 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students; and EDTPA, rubric items 1, 2, 3, and 5.


 

SMART GOAL: Students will be able to listen to an informational text and pull out important facts from informational text and re-write that information in essay form, with majority of facts on topic and relevant.


 

Here is an analysis of 2 students working towards the same goal.  Each student has strengths and challenges of his or her own when learning in the classroom.  The lessons below represent days with repeating lesson ideas and instruction within the same time frame.

Instructional Strategies A Instructional strategies in whole group lesson. Students listened and answer questions from an information text with teacher assistance.  Basic Facts who, where, beyond/within the text Why? Student 1: (Describe Learner) Talkative and eager to please. Asks for help when needed.  Needs teacher assistance on independent work.  Describe specific strategy used.  Students read and answer questions from an information article, with teacher assistance.  Basic facts: who, where; Harder facts: Why?
Student 2: (Describe Learner) Talkative, social student, youngest in the class, self-motivated independent learner.  Works on own, rushes through work.  Makes careless mistakes.  Will sometimes copy work from the book instead of using her great knowledge.

 

Instructional Strategies B Instructional Strategy used In small group:Students work with teacher in small group to answer group discussions and highlight important information from informational text together. Student 1: (Describe Learner) Talkative and eager to please.  Asks for help when needed. Needs teacher assistance on independent work.
Student 2: (Describe Learner) Talkative, social student, youngest in the class, self-motivated independent learner.  Works on own, rushes through work.  Makes careless mistakes.

 

Instructional Strategies C Instructional Strategy used In writingStudents use graphic organizer to write down important facts on the topic.  Students work independently and check in with the teacher as needed.  Students will then write about the topic independently. Student 1: (Describe Learner) Talkative and eager to please.  Asks for help when needed.  Needs teacher assistance on independent work.
Student 2: (Describe Learner) Talkative, social student, youngest in the class, self-motivated independent learner.  Works on own, rushes through work.  Makes careless mistakes.

 

Beard Organizer for Blog

Writing the SMART Goal down helps me stay focused on this month long lesson and meet the goal.  It also helps in developing lessons that will meet the needs of all my students.  The goal is the end result, and I will edit my instructional strategies as each lesson is completed.  Keeping the SMART goal in focus will help in developing the whole child in the classroom.

goals

For more information on NBPTS, Danielson, or edTPA, please follow these references used below.

http://www.nbpts.org

www.boardcertifiedteachers.org

www.danielsongroup.org/

www.isbe.net/licensure/html/higher-education.htm

www.projectsmart.co.uk/smartgoals.php

www.teacherspayteachers.org

Instructional Organizer Designed by: Barke/Finnegan/Walker-Smith

Graphic organizer by: www.fortheloveoflearning1.blogspot.com

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