A new year, a new name, and new goals.
It’s the time of year when many of us are making resolutions and setting goals for the coming year. For some, this process begins and ends with stating an aspiration for growth or improvement (and according to some researchers, over 80% will have broken these resolutions by the second week of February). For Inflexion this year, one of our goals is to make sure that our newsletters and other communications are timely and relevant, and actually help educators move the dial on preparing all students to be life ready. To help us with that we’ve been reading a lot about setting goals, and in this newsletter we share with you some of what we have found the most interesting. We hope you find inspiration for taking goal setting to the next level and ensuring that your students will make progress towards achieving their aspirations.
Equip your students to be life ready using these 3 simple strategies.
The Nudge Unit is “the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences.” It has focused on not just explaining what citizens SHOULD be doing, but also finding strategies to actually change behaviors in order to achieve the initiatives set by their colleagues within the government. This approach is described in the book Think Small: The Surprisingly Simple Ways to Reach Big Goals. Several key strategies are reminiscent of how our partner school leadership teams set strategic goals.Here are the three takeaways that are specifically helpful for school leadership teams as they work toward achieving their goals:
- Takeaway #1: Identify One Goal
- Takeaway #2: Start Small
- Takeaway #3: Set Bright Lines
Our team at Inflexion strives to use some of these insights to make sure our goals for students become a reality and that we have an educational system that empowers students to be their best selves.
A school with clear goals prepares students for life!
We’ve shared this video before, but it’s worth a second look. Savanna High School in Anaheim, California does a great job of clearly defining the student outcomes they are after and the results are dramatic. Check out this video for highlights from a sampling of senior capstone interviews.
From MindShift: The benefits of helping teens identify their purpose in life.
It’s 12:15 p.m. on a Tuesday in December and 30 students gather for an unusual class at the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, a public high school located in one of the country’s poorest Congressional districts. Two seniors, who have been trained to lead the class, are presiding over today’s session on the theme of interpersonal connection. They project a slide on a topic of near-universal interest to teenagers – social media. It asks, “How connected are we?” and then presents three provocative quotes for students to contemplate:
- “We live in a society where looking cool in pictures has become more important than being a genuine person.”
- “We are all now connected by the Internet like neurons in a giant brain.”
- “Social media and technology are not agents of change. They are just tools. We the connected people are the agents of change.”
WHAT WE’RE THINKING ABOUT THIS MONTH…
Raising Kings: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep
7 Best Apps for Student Goal Setting
Students Must Be Prepared to Reinvent Themselves