Let’s start fresh – is it time to hit the refresh button?
We’re all about the new day, fresh page analogy’s! But where did the concept of goal setting come from?
Well, in the 1960’s, Edwin Locke put forward the Goal-setting theory of motivation. This theory states that goal setting is essentially linked to task performance. It states that specific and challenging goals along with appropriate feedback contribute to higher and better task performance.
Setting learning goals
The theory of Locke and his colleagues states that the simplest most direct motivational explanation of why some people perform better than others is because they have different performance goals. The essence of the theory is:
1. Difficult specific goals lead to significantly higher performance than easy goals, no goals, or even the setting of an abstract goal such as urging people to do their best.
2. Holding ability constant, and given that there is goal commitment, the higher the goal the higher the performance.
3. Variables such as praise, feedback, or the participation of people in decision-making about the goal only influence behaviour to the extent that they lead to the setting of and subsequent commitment to a specific difficult goal.
What could be your motivation and goal setting? Even though Edwin Locke says to set challenging goals, sometimes it is easier to start with the basics and get bigger! Just like Roley Poley did when inventing his own sport of hill rolling – he just started because he liked it! But, he committed time, set goals, and got motivated to improve his practices!
We all need a little help sometime to get started…here’s a few ideas to tempt you along the way. Adults, children, families and friends can all make a positive start with these ‘fresh goal ideas’. Why don’t you give it a go?
*Take a break from social media
*Practice healthy sleeping habits
*Practice healthy eating and drinking habits
*Keep your space organised
Good Luck with your GOALS! 🌈
Who shall we meet today?
Kangy the Surfer, the original surfing kangaroo. He’s only ever a hop, step and jump away from the ocean. Kangy is surf smart, he respects the ocean and always swims between the flags. And, he is also sun safe and has some great tips to share with you when heading to the beach.
Did you know that kangaroos are great swimmers? They use their powerful hind legs to propel them through the water, similar to dog paddle.
A note from Dr Charles Margerison
In the current climate of the world, home schooling and parents as Educators, has become an important topic.
When I went to school at age five I could speak English. However, I had never had a lesson and no one had taken me to a classroom to teach me how to speak English. I also had many other skills, I could tie my shoelaces, I could dress and clean my teeth. All of these things I learned from my mother and father. Both of them left school at the age of 14 and they had no professional qualifications. However, they taught me all they could in the first five years of my life.
Therefore, I see parents as the most important educators. Teachers at school can only build on what the students have learned from their parents. In the current situation where students have to learn at home due to the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 virus, parents have to take an even larger responsibility, but not only as teachers. They are coaches, tutors and facilitators to support their children. They can do this by asking questions and encouraging their children to do their best in difficult circumstances.
The best way forward during this time is to promote quality experiences as a family, embrace the gentleness of life indoors and relish shared experiences.
During a crisis, your positive response as a parent is often the best lesson that a child will apply to their own future challenges and endeavours. Remember, always be on the look-out for the silver linings, they are definitely there.
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