Counselor’s Corner: Back-to-School Goals for Counselors and Educators

Smart Goals Blackboard SignEducation is one of the few professions where you get a fresh start every year. Back-to-school time can give parents, educators, and students mixed feelings. Often starting a new school year can bring some anxiety, but it can also bring excitement about a new start.

Starting a new school year can be less overwhelming if you come up with SMART goals of what you want to accomplish this school year. Your goals should be:

Specific: What is it that you want to accomplish? Usually answers the 5 Ws (Who? What? Where? When? Why?)

Measurable: How will you know when the goal is accomplished?

Attainable: Is it realistic?

Relevant: Does this goal meet a need?

Time-bound: What is the deadline for meeting this goal?

Here are some suggestions for SMART goals you can set for yourself as you start the school year.

Catch Some Zzzzzs

If you struggle with waking up in the morning, you can work on adjusting your sleep schedule before the school year starts. Make a goal of the time you want to go to bed.

Unspecific Goal: Go to bed earlier.

SMART Goal: In order to get more sleep and feel more rested, I will go to bed each night at 10 p.m. on school nights when school is in session starting the night before the first day of the school year.

  • Specific: The goal addresses what you want to accomplish and answers the 5 Ws.
  • Measurable: The goal is easily measurable—do you get to bed at 10 on school nights or not?
  • Attainable: This goal is realistic because it specifies “school nights” and not every night of the week.
  • Relevant: The goal is relevant to life as a parent or an educator who is looking to feel more rested.
  • Time-bound: The goal specifies when you will go to bed, on which nights you’ll do it, and when you’ll begin.

Get into an Exercise Routine

Looking to move more during the school year? Determine what you want to do for exercise. If you are planning to join a gym, do it before the school year starts so you can learn the ropes.(c) Niderlander | Dreamstime.com

Unspecific Goal: Exercise.

SMART Goal: In order to be more active and healthier, I will go to the gym three days a week at 5 a.m. and walk/run on the treadmill for 30 minutes starting August 30.

  • Specific: The goal addresses what you want to accomplish and answers the 5 Ws.
  • Measurable: The goal is simple to measure—did you go to the gym three times a week and use the treadmill for 30 minutes each time?
  • Attainable: This goal is realistic because it gives a specific number of days a week and does not say every day. It also allows you to choose which days of the week to participate in the goal so if you need to rearrange your schedule you can still be successful.
  • Relevant: The goal is relevant to life as a parent or an educator who is seeking to be more active and healthier.
  • Time-bound: The goal is time-bound because it specifies when you will start the goal, when you will do it during the week, and how long you need to do it each time.

What are your SMART goals for the new school year?

Stay tuned for my next post about SMART back-to-school goals for students.


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7 Responses to Counselor’s Corner: Back-to-School Goals for Counselors and Educators

  1. Sandy Henderson says:

    I would like to see several examples of detailed SMART GOALs with Data my email is shenders@spotsylvania.k12.va.us

  2. Lois Miller says:

    I would love to see examples as well. I have to have 2 SMART goals that are working on academic progress.

  3. shelly seabrook says:

    Our district is doing this also. I would love to see what others are using for School-wide SMART goals!

  4. Colleen H says:

    Examples of actual school counselor smart goals would be helpful.

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  6. Lois Barros says:

    I also would be interested in knowing what other School Counselors are using for their School-Wide, Year-Long SMART goals!
    My District also is demanding that School Counselors work on Smart Goals.

  7. Laura McMahon says:

    Love the fact that you are showing SMART goals because that is exactly what our district is asking of us this year. Does anyone have any suggestions for a school-wide SMART goal that a School Counselor could use? It is recommended that the SMART goal addresses the Academic domain as opposed to the Personal/Social or Career domain. I would love to hear what other School Counselors are using for their School-Wide, Year-Long SMART goals!

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