Students set SMART goals and identify action items they can complete to achieve them.
Students need to clarify the who, what, when, and where of their goal. Have a discussion about using words that are specific vs. those that are ambiguous, or subject to interpretation.
Students need to be able to know when they have reached their goal or if they are making progress toward it. Have a discussion about quantitative vs. qualitative measurement.
Students need to be realistic about what they can achieve this school year with the time and resources they have available. While "going to college" is a worthy goal, this is far into the future for most students. Work with students to help them understand that goals must also be things students can take action on now.
Students should be able to explain the personal and academic benefits. Talk with them about qualities that make a goal worthwhile.
Students need to be able to achieve the goal by the end of the school year. As students are writing have them share their goals with a single peer to help them see if a single school year is a deadline that makes sense for this goal.
ATL Visual MYP (2021). ATL Visual MYP.pdf. [online] Google Docs. Available at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17EtYRXcX7gm6lQ5L1Q2z1Z4_cefLg-4E/view [Accessed 21 Feb. 2021].