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A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

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You have just finished teaching a new concept. Do your students know what has been taught? Are they able to demonstrate their understandings? Have they achieved their learning goals?

For students to become active participants in the learning process, a learning experience needs to have a reason; with clearly defined and achievable goals. Goal setting with your students will not only increase active participation and engagement, it will also develop higher-order thinking, create positive attitudes and behaviours towards learning and improve learning capabilities. Setting a plan for a learning or behaviour goal in the classroom can be a whole-class or an individual activity.

Setting Whole-Class Goals

Whole-class goals are successfully achieved when the goal has been set collaboratively by the students. Students have a greater feeling of ownership and accountability of a class goal when it has been jointly constructed, with identified examples of what it will look like to achieve the goal.

Using a learning intention with success criteria, or ‘WALT’ (=We Are Learnign To) and ‘WILF’  (=What I’m Looking For) poster, will help break down the goal. They may also assist in planning how the goal will be successfully achieved.

After a class goal has been set, the goal should be visually displayed in the classroom to remind students what achievement they are working towards. Throughout any relevant learning experiences, reinforce the goal with your students by consistently referring back to it.

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Setting Personal Learning Goals

When students set personal learning goals and create action plans, they reflect on their learning progress and become more independent learners. This can also foster a greater sense of motivation for achieving their full potential.

Getting students to write down and plan their goals is an important step towards achieving them. It encourages the students to make their goals meaningful, specific and measurable. It also provides opportunities for students to reflect on their learning and identify the next step in achieving their goal.

Some useful goal setting templates include:

  • goal trackers
  • dreaming big
  • SMART goals
  • WHOOP
  • three stars and a wish.

These create accountability for student-centered learning and assist with identifying the actions required in achieving a desired learning outcome.

Motivating Students

Students will be more motivated to achieve their goal if they are encouraged by their teachers and their peers, feel a sense of achievement and are acknowledged for their efforts.

In the classroom, you can help students persevere on their journey towards a goal by displaying motivating posters, encouraging the use of a growth mindset and providing meaningful and positive feedback.

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Written by Victoria (Teach Starter)

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The New Skills Agenda for Europe

The European Commission has adopted a new Skills Agenda for Europe. The agenda aims to make sure that people develop the skills necessary for the jobs of today and tomorrow. This task is essential to boost employability, competitiveness and growth across the EU.
The agenda calls on EU countries and stakeholders to improve the quality of skillslink outside the EC domain and their relevance for the labour market. It looks to reduce the number of Europeans lacking adequate reading, writing, numeracylink outside the EC domain and digital skills. At the same time, it seeks to help highly-qualified young people find work that suits their potential and aspirations, make it easier for employers to recruit employees with the right profiles and to equip people with the skills and mindset to start their own businesseslink outside the EC domain.

10 concrete measures support the Skills Agenda for Europe.

Concretely, the Commission proposes 10 actions to be taken forward over the next two years, some of which will be launched soon:

  • A Skills Guarantee to help low-skilled adults acquire a minimum level of literacy, numeracy and digital skills and progress towards an upper secondary qualification.
  • A review of the European Qualifications Framework for a better understanding of qualifications and to make better use of all available skills in the European labour market.
  • The “Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition” bringing together Member States and education, employment and industry stakeholders to develop a large digital talent pool and ensure that individuals and the labour force in Europe are equipped with adequate digital skills.
  • The ‘Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills’ to improve skills intelligence and address skills shortages in specific economic sectors.
  • A “Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals” to support early identification and profiling of skills and qualifications of asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants.
  • A revision of the Europass Framework, offering people better and easier-to-use tools to present their skills and get useful real-time information on skills needs and trends which can help with career and learning choices.
  • Making Vocational Education and Training (VET) a first choice by enhancing opportunities for VET learners to undertake a work based learning experience and promoting greater visibility of good labour market outcomes of VET.
  • A review of the Recommendation on Key Competences to help more people acquire the core set of skills necessary to work and live in the 21st century with a special focus on promoting entrepreneurial and innovation-oriented mind-sets and skills.
  • An initiative on graduate tracking to improve information on how graduates progress in the labour market.
  • A proposal to further analyse and exchange best practices on effective ways to address brain drain.

Ten actions to equip People in Europe with better Skills – Frequently asked questions

Skills in Italy

Digital Skills in Italy

 

10 Words Brits Use That Americans No Longer Do

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A quick example of the bleeding obvious: people speak differently in the UK and the US. If you’re an American fan of British TV shows—the originals, not the American remakes—you’re probably very aware that once in a while, the characters will utter a word that you won’t hear on the streets of your hometown.

But you may be surprised to know that some of the words we consider distinctly British today were once fairly common in the United States. Read on:

1 Tetchy, adjective Someone who is tetchy is someone with a bad temper:
               You can’t even talk with him these days; he’s just too tetchy.

2 Amongst, preposition While amongst is less favored than among in British English, it’s rarely seen at all in American English.
               There’s a grammar pedant amongst us, and I intend to find out who he is.

3 Marvelous, adjective Sure, you can use amazing instead, but marvelous sounds so much more . . . marvelous:
               We had a marvelous time during that holiday retreat.

4 Fortnight, noun Something that happens once every fortnight is something that happens every two weeks:
                 We try to get together for a family meal once a fortnight.

5 Cheers, exclamation In British English, cheers isn’t something you’d say when it’s time to have a drink. It’s a casual way to say “thank you”:
              Cheers Thom, I really needed that paper today.

6 Rubbish, noun, adjective You know this one, it has the same meaning as garbage. Plus, rubbish can be used as an adjective when you want to say that something is really bad:
              I bought a new keyboard today, but it’s rubbish so I’ll give it to my brother.

7 Blimey, exclamation If you ever get tired of saying “wow,” you might make an effort to bring blimey back:
               Blimey, that escalated quickly!

8 Hoover, noun A hoover is a device that uses suction to clean surfaces—a vacuum cleaner:
               The hoover broke because it’s not supposed to be used to clean up spilled water.

9 Bespoke, adjective Before things were custom-made, they were bespoke, especially if they were suits:
               A bespoke suit is expensive, but it’s a good investment if you want to look professional.

10 Chap, noun Chap is an informal way of referring to a male person, sort of like “dude”:
                  See that chap wearing a yellow bow-tie? That’s my biology professor.