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SMART Goals. 8 th Grade Skills Needed for Middle School and Postsecondary Success #2. Microsoft, 2011. Objectives. Today’s objectives are to: Review SMART goal setting Review your 6 th and 7 th grade Postsecondary Plans, PREP Profile, and Readiness Rubrics

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Smart goals


8th Grade

Skills Needed for Middle School and Postsecondary Success #2

Microsoft, 2011


  • Today’s objectives are to:

    • Review SMART goal setting

    • Review your 6thand 7th grade Postsecondary Plans, PREP Profile, and Readiness Rubrics

    • Review your SMART goals from 6thand 7th grade

    • Develop SMART goals for 8thgrade

Review why set goals
Review: Why Set Goals?

  • When do you set goals for yourself?

  • Why do you set goals?

  • How does setting goals change your performance or how hard you work on something?

Review types of goals
Review: Types of Goals

  • Short-term goals are ones that you will achieve in the near future (e.g., in a day, within a week, or possibly within a few months).

  • Long-term goals are ones that you will achieve over a longer period of time (e.g., one semester, one year, five years, or twenty years).

Weinstein & Awalt, 2001

Review smart goals
Review: SMART Goals

  • SMART Goals are:

    • Specific

    • Measurable

    • Achievable

    • Relevant

    • Timely

Microsoft, 2011

Adapted from Doran, 1981

Career goal example
Career Goal Example

  • Goal: to be a doctor

    • What is something I need to do to get there?

      • I will need to go to college and then medical school

      • I can write a long-term goal for graduating from medical school

Microsoft, 2011

Long term smart goal example
Long-Term SMART Goal Example

  • What do I want to accomplish?

    • I want to graduate from medical school.

  • How will I know when I achieved my goal?

    • I will graduate.

  • Is this goal realistic? Do I have the right tools?

    • If I work hard, take the right classes, have support from my friends, family, and teachers, I know I can do it.

  • Why is this goal important?

    • I can’t become a doctor unless I graduate from medical school.

  • When can I achieve this goal?

    • I’m in 6th grade - I have 6 years of middle and high school, 4 years of college, and 4 years of medical school.

    • I can achieve this goal in 14 years

Long term smart goal example1
Long-Term SMART Goal Example

My goal:

  • I will graduate from medical school in 14 years.

Microsoft, 2011

Your smart goal
Your SMART goal

  • Think of your own career goals and dreams for the future.

    • If you need help, refer to your Postsecondary Plan

  • Write one long-term SMART goal

    • The long-term goal can be the same as the one you had in 6th or 7th grade, or could be new if you have new thoughts about your future.

  • Share with a partner to check that the goal meets the SMART criteria


  • Now, write 3 short-term goals (that you can accomplish this semester) that will help you reach your long-term goal.

    • Look at your past goals. Have you accomplished them?

      • If so, great job!

      • If not, are they still appropriate goals? Turn them into SMART goals!

      • If they’re no longer appropriate, come up with new goals.


  • Next class we’ll talk more about the skills and knowledge you can start building now to prepare you to achieve your college and career goals!


  • Doran, G. T. (1981). There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management's goals and objectives. Management Review, 70(11), 35-36.

  • Microsoft Office Images. (2011). Retrieved from