Goal Writing Revisions
If you scored an IP+, IP, NM, INC, or M on the "Intro to Goal Writing" assignment, use the resources on this page to fine tune your personal and/or professional goal.
Remember, you will be asked to share progress on both goals during your midterm conference. Therefore, failure to revise you goals now will also result in a below average midterm grade. In order to score a P or an ADV your goals will need to be S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, and timely).
In case scoring an ADV on your midterm and getting into the college of your dreams is not incentive enough to revise your goals, your PSL teachers have decided to raise the stakes. The class with the most Ps and ADVs by Wednesday will earn donuts on Friday. As of this morning, the standings look like this:
In 1st place, block 4 with 8
In 2nd place, block 1 with 6
In 3rd place block 2 with 5
Do not delay. Donuts are at stake. Do not be the student who is remembered as the kid who cost his/her classmates donuts because they decided to play 48 hours of Fortnite, rather than revising their PSL goals.
You have multiple resources to assist you in this endeavor:
You have multiple resources to assist you in this endeavor:
- Your notes on "Introduction to Goal Writing"
- The feedback you received on your "Introduction to Goal Writing" assignment
- The students in your class who have already earned a "P" or higher
- The samples below
Sample S.M.A.R.T. Goals
VOLUNTEERING IN A CLASSROOM SETTING
- By the end of the first semester, I will develop a relationship that positively impacts the attitude of three students who typically are excluded by their peers. I plan to measure my progress by keeping a chart in my PSL notebook where I record my actions and their impact on student attendance, participation, and attitude each week.
- By the end of the first semester, I will persuade 80% of the 8th grade middle school students to join band in high school. I will measure my progress by surveying the students now and again at the end of the semester to see if the percentage of students interested in high school band increases.
- By the end of the first semester, I will formulate a plan to run an advocacy event for people who have special needs. I will type up a proposal for said project and record my progress toward this goal at the end of each month.
- By the end of the first semester, I will locate 2 articles about working with kids who have developmental disabilities in the classroom, take active reading notes on them, and implement what I learn in the classroom where I volunteer.
- By the end of the first semester, I will 5 of the students I tutor will improve their behaviors as measured by a chart in my PSL notebook that indicates the date I worked with each child, the number of corrections that I needed to make, and a summary of their performance that day.
- By the end of the first semester, I will read at least 5 books to every child I work with. I will measure/demonstrate success by making a chart in my PSL notebook to keep track of who I have read with so far and how many times.
VOLUNTEERING IN A HOSPITAL/ASSISTED LIVING SETTING
- By the end of the first semester, I will know the names of every staff member that I typically volunteer with on Tue./Thur. and at least 10 patients. I will keep a weekly log of these names and my interactions with them in my PSL notebook.
- By the end of the first semester, I will conduct research on dementia and how it affects people by summarizing 2 or 3 scholarly articles in my PSL notebook and using this knowledge to guide my interactions with clients.
- By the end of the first semester, I hope to develop strong relationships with at least 2 of the doctors/nurses that I serve as evidenced by them giving me an opportunity to observe a surgery and write letters of recommendation for me.
- By the end of the first semester, I will put in more than 4 hours of volunteer hours each week and measure my success by recording the hours in x2vol.
- By the end of the first semester, I will work with my supervisor to implement a new program to combat lonliness among residents. In cooperation with my supervisor we will administer a customer satisfaction survey to participants at the end of the semester to determine the success of the program.
VOLUNTEERING IN A SOCIAL SERVICE SETTING
- By the end of the first semester, I hope to meet at least one new person each week and record their name and something about them in my PSL notebook. This will enable me to greet them by name the rest of the semester.
- By the end of the first semester, I will secure $1,500 in donations for my service agency by creating a well-researched development campaign that reaches out to Perry's extensive alumni network.
- By the end of the semester, I will develop a program to bring in fresh fruit donations each week for the 50+ clients that I serve. I will use a chart on the wall at the organizations I serve to keep track of how much fruit is collected each week.
- By the end of the semester, I hope to prepare food for a different nonprofit each week. I will measure/demonstrate my success by making a cookbook of all the things made along with client feedback which can serve as a reference for continuing the work next year.
- By the end of the first semester, I will establish a minimum of three new aluminum recycling collection stations in the community that will allow us to surpass the total amount of aluminum collected in 2017-18. I will track my progress by maintaining a spreadsheet of aluminum collected with entries every 6 weeks.
- By the end of the first semester, I will field at least 100 phone calls at the office I serve and direct the caller to the appropriate resource(s) they need. I will keep a log of the phone calls and how I helped each one in my PSL notebook.
- By the end of the first semester, I will research 3 different articles about programs similar to the one I volunteer at and propose suggestions for how to improve our program. I will record my research and results in my PSL notebook.
- By the end of the first semester, I will develop an active social media following for the organization I serve and increase its following by 10% as evidenced by followers, likes, and comments on Facebook and Instagram.
VOLUNTEERING IN A RECREATION SETTING
- By the end of the first semester, I will learn the rules of soccer as evidenced by active reading notes on the rule book and an Advanced rating on my PSL evaluation by the recreation director.
- By the end of the first semester, I will work withe the recreation director to develop a basketball skills clinic for up to 25 participants targeting children who never played the game before. I will measure/demonstrate success by typing up a proposal for the clinic and sharing pictures from the event.
- By the end of the first semester, I will create a list of specific college with good special education programs and scholarships for special education majors. I will keep track of these on a spreadsheet or Google doc on my chromebook.
- By the end of the first semester, I will develop patience and empathy by truly listening to at least 2 clients every time I volunteer and recording the things I learn about them in my PSL notebook. I will use this information to better engage in conversation with them the next time I see them to show them I was present and listening.
- By the end of the first semester, I will determine whether or not I should pursue a career in a field related to where I volunteer. I will measure my growth by using my PSL notebook to record my thoughts, feelings, and fears about this field now and again at the end of the first semester.
- By the end of the first semester, I will research the job market for careers in fields related to where I volunteer, finding three articles and taking notes on them. I will use this information to determine whether or not to purse a college degree in these fields.
- By the end of the first semester, I hope to develop my communication skills by engaging in professional phone calls, emails, or in-person conversations and creating a portfolio documenting these interactions