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Return-Path: <email@example.com> Received: from literacy (localhost [127.0.0.1]) by literacy.nifl.gov (8.10.2/8.10.2) with SMTP id j79FsoG24298; Tue, 9 Aug 2005 11:54:50 -0400 (EDT) Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2005 11:54:50 -0400 (EDT) Message-Id: <000501c59cfb$ebef73b0$0602a8c0@frodo> Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk From: "Marie Cora" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com> Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1215] FW: goal setting X-Listprocessor-Version: 6.0c -- ListProcessor by Anastasios Kotsikonas X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook, Build 10.0.2627 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; Status: O Content-Length: 3595 Lines: 95 Dear everyone, The following post is from Lisa Mullins. Thanks, marie Hello I am an ABE GED teacher in a full-time setting. I wanted to share my process of goal setting by answering your questions. Do you think that setting goals is an important part of the assessment process? Goal setting is an intricate part of the assessment process. Goals help the students and teachers know where this learning process is leading. Sometimes I have a student who states that they don't know why they need to know things or have skills, so is it very important to connect the goal and the task they are learning. How do you educate/orient your students to a goal-setting process? I use the Equipped for the Future process of goal setting by looking at the role maps and skills wheel and examining what the students want to be able to do and what they should know. What does your process look like? The process involves looking at TABE scores, looking at the many roles a person plays in his life, looking at the student's expectations, and what will be expected of him in the workplace, education/training, as a family member, and a citizen of the community. We set goals with time lines. Next, we make a needs list. Then we make study plans. Then we put that plan on a calandar, and go to work on reaching the goals. I also try to find the learning style and the likes, dislikes, and interests of the student. This helps me know what will work with this person. Is it fundamental to the rest of your (accountability system) work? Goal setting is the first step in the accountability system. First, I am accountable to the student because if the student does not see that we are on the road to achieving her goals then she will not attend my class. Next, I am accountable to the administration who signs my paycheck because if students are not making achievements I am not doing my job. Then, I am accountable to the funders, state department, and stakeholders because I said I would provide instruction that helps students make achievements. In my class students set overall goals for themselves, but each day we narrow down what activities we will engage in to reach a more narrow goal. For example, my student wants to earn a GED to find work. That's two goals. What kind of work. Postal worker, so that's another goal. She knows she must have math skills to do all these things, so the next goal is to improve math skills. What math skills? She knows that being able to order and visualize numbers will be important for the GED or the Post Office, so learning to order numbers correctly and find patterns in numbers becomes the goal of the day or week. I use the EFF Teaching/Learning cycle to carry out daily lessons in this manner. Thank you, Lisa Mullins Hawkins County, Tennessee Marie Cora <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: Good evening, morning and afternoon to you all, Well, the Red Sox have a 2 run lead (over Kansas City), so I'm feeling like I can take a minute to ask you all this: Do you think that setting goals is an important part of the assessment process? How do you educate/orient your students to a goal-setting process? What does your process look like? Is it fundamental to the rest of your (accountability system) work? Do you have questions to pose, or statements that you can make about setting goals with students? Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks! marie Forever Boston Red Sox Fan _____ Start <http://us.rd.yahoo.com/evt=34442/*http:/www.yahoo.com/r/hs> your day with Yahoo! - make it your home page
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