Published on October 29th, 2014 | by Catherine Vowell, MBA2
Prioritize Goal Setting and BIG Changes Can Happen
When teachers show students how to set and track health-related goals, they empower children to take control of their own health. This is one of the most important pieces of a Quality Physical Education (QPE) Curriculum. Activities in PE class get students moving, but teaching kids how to set goals and prioritize them is long lasting!
Our FITNESSGRAM10 team regularly hears student success stories from teachers who are actively promoting goal setting in the classroom. Last school year, one student set a S.M.A.R.T. goal to run one mile in 10 minutes by the springtime FITNESSGRAM assessment. After just two months of practicing and monitoring her daily aerobic activity, she ran a mile in 9:57 minutes! Success stories like this are frequent and proof that goal setting is an integral piece of QPE.
Prioritize student goal setting at your school:
- FITNESSGRAM10 Online Training: Setting and Achieving S.M.A.R.T. Goals (20 minutes in length. Free access for limited time only.)
- The Cooper Institute Blog: Take Goal Setting to the Next Level
- The Cooper Institute Worksheet: Guide for Goal Setting
- CDC Resource: Define Your Goals
We’d love to hear from you! Please share your student success stories and any games/activities you use in PE to integrate goal setting. With S.M.A.R.T. goals, you have the power to make a big difference in children’s lives.