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Relationships Lesson 12: Personal Goals: SMARTE goals


Purpose: Students will reflect on their learning in this unit and write 1 personal and 1 academic SMARTE goal for themselves to achieve by the end of the academic year. (self-awareness, self-management, self-efficacy). 

LIA Themes: Cultural Enrichment, Team Building, Leadership, Professionalism, Responsive Conflict Resolution

Setting the Stage

Display the quote on the board and have students respond to one of the prompts as they get in their seats. 

OPTIONAL: Play culturally relevant music as students enter the class.

OPTIONAL: Lead students in a midline crossing activity. Use Educational Kinesiology document to find useful resources. 

60-120 minute lesson


Students will

  • Demonstrate leadership skills (2.2.B).
  • Practice and use action plans to define problems, brainstorm solutions, then form and implement plans to address them (2.3.A.)
  • Research, plan, and execute potential life/professional short/long term goals (3.1.C)
  • Be exposed to opportunities and needs to plan for their future (3.2.)
  • Clarify and elaborate ideas based on feedback (WIDA ELD-SI.4-12.Argue)


SMARTE goals

R.12 Slide Deck

Review objectives of the lesson with students (slide #5)
As students take their seats

Students will respond to the prompt in their journal / daily worksheet. Prompt suggestions:

  • How does education help you stand out?
  • Do you believe this quote? Why or why not. 

Provide 5-7 minutes for students to write their reflections. Display a timer on the board if able. 

OPTIONAL: Ask students to share reflections. They can pair-share, group-share in tables, or volunteer responses to the class. 

For virtual class: 

  • Allow students to use the chat, a discussion board, or unmute their microphones to share responses with the class. 


Lesson steps

  • (I do) Explain to students what a SMARTE goal is (slide #6)
  • (We Do) (slide #7) Distribute LIA Student Standards and invite a student to read the mission statement out loud. Ask students to reflect on the following questions: 
    • Why do you think LIA is offered at your school?
    • Why did you decide to take LIA?
    • How has LIA helped you achieve the LIA mission?

Tell students they will be using the LIA Standards to write one personal and one academic goal for themselves to achieve by the end of the year.
ADAPTATION: the goals could be for the end of the quarter/semester instead of the year.  

  • (We Do) (slide #8) Explain to students that LIA class materials were created to help them achieve the LIA mission and that each of them have individual talents and dreams. 
  • (We Do) Display SMARTE GOAL template and with student input, set one SMARTE goal for the class. Work through each of the steps. This will serve as a scaffold for the next activity. 
  • (You Do) (slide #9) Distribute SMARTE GOAL template for students to fill out.
    OPTIONAL: have students recall some strengths or weaknesses from the previous lesson to help them set goals. If available, have students pull up their work from the previous lesson to jog their memory.,
    EXTENSION: ask students to share their goals with the class. 

Reflection: WHAT? | SO WHAT? | NOW WHAT? (slide #10)

Initiate reflection using the questions below. Students can reflect quietly or in writing before sharing out in pairs, as a group, or as a class. 

  • What? What were your thoughts and feelings as you participated in this activity?
  • So what? Why do you think it’s important to know about SMARTE goals?
  • Now what? What will you do with what you’ve learned about goal-setting?

Virtual Class Adaptations:  

  • Conduct the lesson on an established LMS or use tools such as FlipGrid, Canvas, Miro, Google Classroom, or other interactive platform. 
  • Invite students to use the chat option to share their responses. 


Exit ticket: Students complete one of the following prompts

  1. My academic SMARTE goal is…
  2. My personal SMARTE goal is…

In Person Class Assessment Options:

  • Write responses on a sticky note and place in a designated space in the classroom. 
  • Write in a journal / daily worksheet. 
  • Share out loud/with their groups

Virtual Class Assessment Options:

  • Discussion assignment on LMS.
  • Virtual board such as jamboard, miro, Zoom Whiteboard, etc.
  • Create a video on Flipgrid or Canvas.



  • Use sentence stems to guide student conversations. 
  • Have students write their responses to each question in a journal or worksheet before sharing out loud. 


  • Conduct research or read about Ellen Ochoa.  
  • Vocabulary support. Students enhance vocabulary by using a search engine or thesaurus to find synonyms for their descriptive words. 
  • Conduct a Socratic Seminar or small group discussions on the following prompts. There are no right or wrong answers, and it is important to provide a safe space for students to answer honestly.  
    • How are SMARTE goals useful?
    • What is the difference between setting a goal and setting a SMARTE goal?
    • What can I do if I don’t meet my goals as expected? 



Competencies and Skills

21st Century Skills Skills for Learning and Life
Critical Thinking, Social Responsibility, Leadership, Flexibility, Initiative, Productivity Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Self-Efficacy


Lesson Materials 

R.12 Slide Deck

LIA Student Standards

SMARTE GOAL template