How should kids set goals?

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How should kids set goals?

Another question parents sometimes ask is what kind of goals should kids set or should they set goals? And the answer is sure they should for any outcome they want to achieve. For example they might set a goal to improve their math score from 60 to 70 in the 2 months or 70 to 80; or their spelling score from 5 out of 13 to 12 out of 13. They might set a goal to save money for something they want to buy like a new piece of software. In all cases, it's important to track your goals through measurement so this is mathematics, I'll track your goals with numbers. Set a deadline, how long do you want to give yourself to set it and how well are you accomplishing that each day? Have a time limit, for example, for doing your math drills, you say, "I'm going to finish all my math drills, in the next hour i'm going to be done with it. I'm going to do my spelling drills, I'm going to be done with those in the next 20 minutes and I'm going to get a better score tomorrow, I'm going to set a goal to set a goal to improve on my score. So any number of things; anything you want to achieve, you can set a goal for it. Make sure the goal is clear, make sure the goal has a deadline and that you measure your progress.

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Edwin A. Locke, PhD, is Dean's Professor (Emeritus) of Leadership and Motivation at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his BA from Harvard in 1960 and his PhD in Industrial Psychology from Cornell University in 1964.He has published over 300 chapters, notes and articles in professional journals, on such subjects as work motivation, job satisfaction, incentives, and the philosophy of science. He is also the author or editor of 12 books, including The Selfish Path to Romance: How to Love with Passion and Reason, Study Methods and Study Motivation, Goal Setting: A Motivational Technique That Works, A Theory of Goal Setting and Task Performance, Handbook of Principles of Organizational Behavior, The Prime Movers: Traits of the Great Wealth Creators  and Postmodernism and Management: Pros, Cons and the Alternative. He is internationally known for his research on goal setting. A recent survey found that Locke's goal setting theory (developed with G. Latham) was ranked #1 in importance among 73 management theories. His work has been supported by numerous research grants, and he has served as consultant to research firms and private businesses.Dr. Locke has been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Management, and has been a consulting editor for leading journals. He was a winner of the Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award at the University of Maryland, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Career Contribution Award from the Academy of Management (Human Resource Division), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Management (Organizational Behavior Division), and the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science. He has been a writer and lecturer for the Ayn Rand Institute and is interested in the application of the philosophy of Objectivism to behavioral sciences.

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