At MCCPS, we know that children are capable of demonstrating considerable self-awareness, and we believe that when they are given an opportunity to discuss themselves thoughtfully, that they can describe their strengths, their challenges, and their aspirations. Over the years, we have witnessed students acknowledge when a task or content area is too easy, and we have observed them recognize the aspects of school that cause them to falter. The students can certainly describe what they hope to be, dream of becoming, or wish to accomplish. Too often, however, the adults in a child’s life will discourage self-assessment by sugar-coating situations, placing blaming on others, or emphasizing effort over accomplishment. The MCCPS My Achievement Plan creates an opportunity for students to focus on what is important to them and to be supported in their efforts to achieve a meaningful goal. It is expected that each child, with his/her parent(s) and teacher, will establish ONE goal to be pursued. The goal must be something that can be supported by a teacher at school, and it must be intellectual, artistic, social, emotional, or physical in nature.
MAP Goal Template (File>Make a Copy)Naming Convention: Nina Cullen-Hazmeh, Public Speaking, 15-16
Write goals that are specific, measureable, achievable, realistic & timely.
The MAP is an individual learning plan that is developed collaboratively by the student, teacher, and parent/guardian to empower each child to identify and work toward achieving a learning goal that is important to him/her. During the MAP meeting, a goal will be selected and objectives will be defined.
M Measurable (can track progress & provide evidence of completion)
A Attainable (given ability & scope) & Agreed Upon (student wants it)
R Realistic (can be supported by school & home)
T Timely (important right now), Tractable(manageable) & Time-based
(can be accomplished within 9 months)
Strategies for Achieving SMART Goals:
1. Make the goal as specific as possible and express it in positive terms.
2. Determine how you will evaluate progress towards your goal. Be sure the goal is measurable and that you can actually support the student in his or her efforts
towards achieving the goal.
3. Be sure the goal is achievable. Do you have the resources necessary to assist the student in achieving the goal?
4. Realistic goals are achievable. Unrealistic goals are just dreams.
5. The due date for goals to be achieved is on or before the June 2011 MAPS meetings. Create action steps (objectives) for each participant that will support the
student in achieving his/her goal.Other reminders:
6. Share student goals with your teammates.
7. Assemble what you need to meet your objective for the students’ goals.
8. Reward students who accomplish their goals.
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