Goal setters give students a chance to stop, think about and prepare for their learning. They can focus on both the upcoming content as well as the approach students will take to learning.
Lots of research highlights the connection between setting goals and student achievement. This research has also discerned a positive connection between goals and student motivation.
Similar research emphasizes the power of students taking time to set goals, linking the practice to improved student focus on desired outcomes and a clearer perceived direction for success.
A key way start of week goal setters support an improvement in student learning is that they teach students metacognition. There is strong evidence that metacognition (teaching students to think about their thought patterns and behaviors) has a positive effect on student outcomes.
Encourage students to focus on quantifiable, measurable goals, so that they are able to tangibly visualize their progress throughout and at the end of the project.