I will only just touch on the last part of our YES Message this week as we are looking at revamping how it is done, but the associated message is still important. The final part of the YES Message is the “S”, Student Targets Aim for Real Success (STARS). Goal setting is an important skill for children as it focusses them on what they need to improve on in their learning. If we don’t help the children to articulate what it is they are trying to learn, then how can they know what they are learning and why? Goal setting is also an important life skill, not just for their school learning. For example, setting a goal for saving money for something they want to buy. When I wonder around the classrooms, I expect every child to be able to tell me what they are learning. When the children are sent to me for good work I ask them to explain to me what they have learnt and I am pleased to say most can. When the children are setting their school goals, they need to be challenging, but achievable.
What can you do to help at home? Until we revamp how we do our goal setting, you can still ask your children what they are learning and what their focus on improving is. If your child is unable to articulate what their goals are, which is a skill to be learnt in itself, then see their teacher, so you know what you need to support your children with their learning at home.