Setting Learner Goals
- give your learner a sense of direction and satisfaction
- guide lesson planning
- help you accurately report your agency’s work
Help learners set long-term and short-term goals.
Long- term goals are larger-scale goals that may take years to achieve. For example, a learner who reads at a third grade reading level may have a long-term goal of obtaining a GED.
Short-term goals can be accomplished in smaller increments. They help learners see continual progress and stay motivated. A short-term goal for the learner above might be to finish a specific pre-GED workbook by the end of the semester.
Follow the SMART acronym when you help learners set goals:
Help your learners define specific goals. Narrow down broad goals like “learn to speak English better” by asking follow up questions:
- Where do you speak English now? With whom?
- What is most difficult to say or understand?
- What do you need to say that you can’t say now?
With an Adult Basic Education learner who wants to “learn to read,” you might ask:
- What do you want to read?
- Do you need to read at work?
- Do you want to read to a child?
- What can’t you do because you can’t read well?
- What do you read now?
Continually track progress toward goals, to make sure learners feel a sense of satisfaction and stay motivated. Keep individual learner profiles, to collect capstone projects, end of semester surveys, writing samples and assessment scores.