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Kicking off 2024 the SMART way!

Alissa Christensen
January 16, 2024

It’s January, and we know a lot of educators are taking stock of their classrooms and setting professional and personal goals for the year. That's why Alpaca’s theme this month is: Jumpstart Your Year with Great Goals!

One of the goal frameworks we love is SMART goals, so we’re focusing this month’s pack and resources on an easy way to learn and remember this framework!

Why SMART goals?

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-based. When you set goals that follow each of those five things, you set yourself up for greater success! 

Setting SMART goals as an educator is a strategic approach to enhance professional development, improve teaching effectiveness, and promote overall success in the educational setting. Breaking down professional and personal goals into smaller, doable tasks one at a time allows big goals to feel less daunting and provides a more organized approach. 

What do you mean by SMART? 

S - Specific

SMART goals help educators define clear and specific objectives. This clarity ensures that everyone involved understands what is expected.

M - Measurable

SMART goals help educators objectively measure their progress. By using specific and measurable criteria, they can easily track their goals, making it simpler to determine whether they've achieved their goals.

A - Achievable

SMART goals encourage educators to set realistic and attainable objectives. This helps prevent frustration and promotes a sense of personal growth as goals are reached.

R - Realistic

SMART goals should align with an educator's broader professional development plan and the school's objectives. This ensures that the goals are meaningful and contribute to overall success

T - Time-bound

Establishing a timeframe for achieving goals promotes a sense of urgency and helps educators manage their time effectively. It prevents procrastination and encourages a proactive approach to goal attainment.

Ready to Get Started?

Okay, smarties! Ready to set your own SMART goals? Use our guide full of tips and tricks to set SMART goals today! You can also use this framework with your students to help them develop their own SMART goals. Here's to a great year of learning, growing, and achieving new things together!

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