Your Eagle won’t tell you much about school.
But you want to make sure he’s keeping up. You’ve learned to log into Khan Academy, No Red Ink, Newsela and other internet based programs, but what else can you do?
Here’s an idea: Review your Eagle’s SMART goals every week.
SMART goals – Specific; Measurable; Attainable; Results oriented and Time-bound goals are a deeply imbedded part of our learning community. Eagles set these goals each Monday, along with their Running Partner, and tally up the points earned at the end of the week.
Use the tracker to ask deeper, more specific questions – about books read; Khan skills mastered and progress on Quests. The number of points scored or goals achieved in any one week aren’t important – but setting and reaching goals is an important lifelong habit for heroes who want to change the world.
Plus, you can add even more by sifting through several weeks worth of SMART goals, and helping your Eagle spot longer term areas of interest and skills.
In many ways, SMART goals over a long period of time deliver two of the most gifts we can give as parents: solid process skills and perspective.