Why "SMART Goals" are just "plain DUMB"...

...especially for TEACHers heading into...

2013 (new year)

OMG (TG ver 4 blog)


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Horrid word!8 But, in practice, many supporters of "goals" also try to flog their wares by telling us that the process of goal-setting allows us to:

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Funny that! None of my dreams (ever) come with a deadline...8 The "SMART" version of goal-setting is all about doing that PLANNING - "RIGHT"!

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Yani, if you do not "plan RIGHT"...you are "plain DUMB"!8 Am I really? Shirously? You'll be "asking" for something soon...good luck with that! 8 SMART is an acronym (an acronym we, in EDUcation, "borrowed" from the world of "busyness").

"Busyness?" yes, just hold that thunk for a second or three!

8 ...an acronym that is more fully spelled out in this way:

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...but you get the "BIG picture"' yes?8 Ne se...the "logic" goes like this: if we develop our goals or targets in line with the letters of this lovely little acronym, we will all become more "productive"...more "effective"...more "successful" (mış mış, yani)! 8

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  1. I will endeavour to ensure that I LISTEN to my kids and help them all "love" LEARNing in all its wonderful shapes and forms!

  2. I am gonna make sure that I "really, really" LEARN my kids how to SPEAK...this semester...in just 15 hrs!


Actually, on second thunks - that 2nd thunk "is" pretty SMART!8 BUT...it is goals like this that really get an EDUmanager's juices "flowing":

  1. I will hit my weekly pacing guidelines EVERY day and ensure 97% of my kids pass their weekly grammar tests - and go on to ace the end-of-year proficiency examination (at the end of the year, yani)! OK - the language might be a bit "off"...but the warm, tingly sensation that this SMART goal will give "rise" to will stick around longer than... 8

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RUBBISH!8 ...it simply does not work as the "manual" outlines...especially for TEACHers! And, to add insult to injury...ends up being nothing more than "busywork" (..makes sense now, yes? Even if it was not just a couple of seconds) handed down from EDUmanagement to EDUpractitioners that, more often than not, allows the aforementioned manager to "tick" a box somewhere! 8 I mentioned Pete Amca earlier...for a reason...two...actually:

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Nowadays, I sez this:


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YES (red exlam tilted)

Not at all! 8 Go on...have a "guess" what this little acronym stands for (don't scroll down)!

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I said...DON'T SCROLL DOWN! I asked nice...

8Now, check it with your "team" (or online PLN)...you have 3 minutes! 8

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Isn't that first one so much better than "specific"?8 I won't mention "measurable"...promise! But, that "animated" one sounds kinda cool, too. Click HERE to take a closer look at all the others. 8

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Don't we?8 We also "know" that: 8

TEACHing and LEARNing

LEARNing Monkey (Abigail Adams quote TG ver)

Yes...some of them are "hard", sure...but the HARDer the BETTER!


Thank You (road sign)

Keep up the good fight!

If we DON'T...who WILL?


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