These Goal-Setting Strategies Will Strengthen MAP Action Plans

When I was a sixth-grade English language arts teacher, our instructional coach approached staff members to gather information about how Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) goal setting was implemented with students after the fall testing window closed. She offered to analyze current data and model an effective strategy that would be helpful when creating action plans using MAP goals and target areas with our students. I quickly agreed. After our initial conversation, our coach modeled the lesson for the class. This was the first time I was able to circulate the classroom and watch another educator facilitate learning with my students. Some of my takeaways from this experience follow.

1. Goals must be feasible.
The first step to creating a solid action plan is to make sure the plan is realistic. Setting realistic goals is difficult, especially when you are excited and determined to do your absolute best.

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