In middle and upper primary we believe in having a Growth Mindset and regularly setting SMART Goals. This is a part of AVID which we are implementing in years 3 to 6 in 2019. AVID is an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Achievement. AVID is a research based educational philosophy that uses proven best practice in teaching and learning. AVID holds to the belief that when students are held accountable to the highest standards, provided with academic and social support, they will rise to the challenge and fulfil their potential by becoming independent, determined and successful lifelong learners. During class, students are explicitly taught what Growth Mindset and SMART goals are, how to apply them and the resulting benefits.
SMART goals were first introduced in November of 1981 through an issue of the journal Management Review. SMART is an acronym for goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time based. Student’s at SCBC have found that having SMART goals is helping them to be clear about what they are working towards and maintain their focus and efforts. 90% of studies* have shown that having a specific goal leads to higher performance, when compared to having no goals, or even goals that are too easy. Having a Growth Mindset when setting and working towards achieving SMART goals will also mean that students approach their goal with a positive attitude, resilience and a desire to learn and grow.
Students set SMART goals in class as well as weekly in their student diaries. Take the time to talk with your child about their goal/s. Is it a SMART goal? How are they progressing? What have they learnt? Have they achieved it?
The focus is to improve, enjoy the process and celebrate achievements. Students should be reflecting on their own progress, rather than comparing themselves to others. When they have achieved their SMART goal, they can be proud of their efforts and results, and celebrate their achievement.
*Psychology Bulletin 90 (1): 125-152, 1981e