Set SMART Goals This Year!

Smart Goals

The beginning of a new school year is a great time to set goals for yourself or your class. Unfortunately, too many educators set goals that end up being pushed aside after the hustle and bustle of the new year takes full stride.

You will be more likely to accomplish your objective if you remember to be SMART about your goal setting.

Keep your goals:
Relevant, and

Specific goals are more likely to be achieved than general goals. Specific goals state exactly what will be achieved when the goal is accomplished. Specific goals will answer the questions Who, What, Where, When, and How.

Goals should have a Measurable component to allow for progress tracking. For example, if you are setting out to improve your students’ overall classroom average, make your goal to improve by a specific percentage or to reach a specific GPA.

A new goal should be realistic. An Attainable goal is one that is challenging, but not so far out of reach that accomplishing the goal will take an exorbitant amount of effort. You should be able to lay out exactly how you will be able to accomplish your goal when it is set.

When setting your goals be sure that they are Relevant to your long-term plans and current role in your school’s education system. For instructors this is especially important as you set goals for your class – you should ensure your short-term goals are in line with your goals for the semester and school year.

Finally, all goals should be Time-bound, or include a time frame in which the goal should be achieved. By the end of the semester or school year is an excellent time frame for educators and students.

What are your SMART goals for the 2013-14 school year?

Pinterest Challenge: Back to School Edition

As we mentioned last week, Big Ideas Math is now on Pinterest!

Here’s the part where you come in. We would like our amazing Big Ideas Math teachers to help contribute to our Pinterest boards!

For the next two weeks, we are asking that you snap a photo of your back-to-school classroom setup and send it to us.

Back-to-school photo ideas:

  • Classroom materials organization
  • Wall displays or posters
  • Cubbies or welcome area
  • Teacher’s desk setup
  • Student desk arrangement
  • Group work or technology area
  • Any creative classroom setup or display

After you have sent in your photos, we will include them in a blog post and create a Back to School board on Pinterest.

Attach your photo to an email with the subject line “Back to School Photo” and send it to

[By submitting photos to the Pinterest Challenge: Back to School Edition, you agree that Big Ideas Learning LLC has the right to redistribute photos on the Big Ideas Math blog and Big Ideas Math Pinterest account.]