Goal setting is not innate. We are not born with a this ability. Setting goals is a part of our executive functioning skills. These skills need to be taught and practiced often so that our students will be proficient. We all know how important this activity is to live an intentional life. In this article I will show you what I do to help my kids with defining their goals and setting targets to achieve.

I like to visit this student development workshop 3 times in the school year. Back to school, January –  to compliment New Years, and right before students go into summer vacation mode. That way it increases student motivation, makes them feel good about themselves and their abilities, gives them something to look forward to and increases achievement.

Goal Setting PowerPoint to Guide Lessons

I have a powerpoint that I use to guide during the workshop, but basically it boils down to examining what a goal is, why set goals, and then guides the students to actually set their goals after taking a couple life inventories.

Student Life & Learning Inventories

Students get a sense of where there life is now by using the “Student Life Wheel.” They learn more about their learning styles and what gaps they want to fill and then comes the fun part of putting together their lapbook. They will update their lapbook each time you have a workshop. I use the inventories  each time we have a goal setting workshop. That way students have proof of their growth threw the year. This really is an indispensable resource.

So, the lapbook has different components. The cover has a quote, the quote for 2024 is “A Dream written down with a date becomes a goal, a goal broken down into steps becomes a plan, a plan followed with action makes your dreams reality.”  You can also learn more about helping students uncover their interests here. When you open the lapbook, the center pages are the inventories and the top page is a checklist on how to set goals. I do this just in case I don’t have time a for a full fledged workshop and students need direction to take an active role to completing the workshop alone with a QR code reader or simply a computer and typing in the URL for the videos they need to watch.

The left hand flap has the students take notes on what a SMART goal is, what it means to them in their own words. Secondly, they fill out a “Who I want to be in… 1, 5, 10 years,” as well as a list of wants. On the right hand side they get direct access to their top two goals for the quarter, which is instantly motivating when they need to get out of that funk! They keep their completed goal cards, so this is a true system. Students will be referring to their goal cards daily and use the back of their Goal lapbook to review their goals each week.

I really love to use the goal lapbook with students I work with and I am sure you are going to find this resource invaluable for teaching, setting and monitoring goals with your students. Please pin the lapbook below to share with your colleagues.


working on this right now -students are interested and engaged. I used this to follow up after first term – we reviewed and reset goals for this term – the graphics and layout was fresh and different from first term, so students were motivated to do this “again”

I have used this twice with my children now – once partway through 2017 and at the beginning of 2018. It is a great way to help them remember their strengths and worth as well as give them a visual reminder of goals they want to achieve that year. It also really helps them learn to set reasonable goals and figure out a possible plan to do reach them.

A great way to teach kids the important skill of goal setting!

Schoolhouse Studio, Goal Setting Resource