Persistence and Goals

Goal setting is important because it gives us a sense of purpose that can improve our confidence and build our self-esteem. It also helps us to focus and make better decisions.

Research findings demonstrate that establishing challenging goals, rather than ‘do your best’ goals, is a more effective way of setting expectations for students. Difficult yet achievable goals have an energising effect which motivates students to strive to the highest levels.

When goals are chosen by the students themselves, with support from teachers, the goals are more meaningful.

Some examples of goal setting from the BHPS Positive Statements by Grade 5s.



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