Power of Planning

Power of PlanningIf you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.
– Mary Pickford

As an educator, inspiring your students to set goals to help them achieve their aspirations, through the emphasis of planning, has many benefits.

Teaching students to write down their goals and prioritize day-to-day events leads them to achieve the intermediate milestones that are the first steps to accomplishing long-term goals. A student planner designed to record homework assignments, as well as extra-curricular events, provides the foundation for students of any age to cultivate lifelong organizational skills vital to achieving their goals, which will result in more satisfying, successful lives.

At their most basic level, student planners keep parents informed and actively involved with their children’s education. They also serve as a communication resource between parents/guardians and the classroom teacher.

Our STEM Student Planners™ provide this framework for parental involvement and student organization while also presenting the added benefit of helping young people understand the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math to their own future success and that of the world itself.

Knowing where you are going and why you have selected that destination is vital to determining your path and each step along the way. Referenced below are some of the outcomes of a Baylor University Study on the purpose of goal setting:

Purpose of Goal-Setting

Goal setting helps us to strive to achieve. Although goal setting may be challenging, it is generally worthwhile. Its intention is to increase efficiency and effectiveness by specifying desired outcomes. The following are the most important purposes of goal setting:

  • Goal SettingGoals guide and direct behavior.
  • Goals provide clarity.
  • Goals provide challenges and standards.
  • Goals reflect what the goal setters consider important.
  • Goals help improve performance.
  • Goals increase the motivation to achieve.
  • Goals help increase pride and satisfaction in one’s achievements.
  • Goals improve self-confidence.
  • Goals help decrease negative attitude.

People who use goal setting effectively suffer less from stress, are better able to concentrate, show more self-confidence, and seem to feel happier.

Baylor University – Hellriegel, Slocum, and Woodman & Martens (1992) (1987)

It is our hope that, as an educator, you will recognize the significance of goal setting and planning for success for your students and school by investing in the STEM Student Planner and encouraging its daily use at every grade level.