Setting goals or rather setting realistic goals contributes a major part in motivating students to do more. They begin to show interest in what they do and start to believe that things can be done if only you focus and work on it.
How I set realistic goals?
Realistic goals can be anything. It can be solving a simple question paper, reading an online blog and writing their interpretation, making a PPT, or even just coming up with an idea for a fun classroom quiz.
As a teacher, you must know and understand your class and your students’ abilities. Accordingly, you must set timelines to complete each task that you give them.
Pairing and teaming
Every class has a set of students who are academically brilliant and another set who are not so brilliant and take time to understand the lessons. We have to make pairs and teams of students who can help each other complete the task.
This gives a chance for the brilliant kids to teach and the not so brilliant kids to learn their ways of studying.
There’s ought to be a best project or task. Use it as a benchmark for the rest of the class without belittling other students. A simple “Good job Bryan” should do it.
SMART Goals for classroom
The Goals which you set should be SMART. That a marketing abbreviation for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely.
SMART goals can be something Specific to train a particular skill, Measurable where you can see and rate the performance and improvement. Attainable as the task be something that the students can finish with simple guidance, Relevant meaning the task should be Relevant to your class and subject, and Timely for the tasks to finish within a particular time limit.
By practicing this method, we can see that the students slowly get independent, efficient, focused, and motivated. Once you notice the students performing well, you can gradually raise the level of difficulty for each task.
So start simple, notice the change, and gradually, raise the bar.