4CQ-logo-smallSetting goals might seem simple. However, it is important to write them in a way that helps you to achieve them. The SMART format helps develop goals in such a way that they are more likely to be achieved within the classroom context. It is important that your goals can be accomplished by yourself or students within a a reasonable timeframe. Goals should be concise and specific. Goals that are too broad, too unrealistic, or too difficult are far less likely to make a difference in the teaching enterprise.

Here is an example:

To demonstrate Active Engagement, I will

  • address student questions. (General)
  • monitor the class twice per day at least 5 days per week and check in each day to ensure that I address any questions quickly. (Specific)

Smart Goals