Giving Compass' Take:

• Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab Director, Maurice J. Elias explains how educators can incorporate step-by-step self-regulation lessons that teach students how to set and achieve goals.  

• How are these lesson plans are critical for career and college planning? 

Read about other creative ways that educators are helping kids set goals.  


Educators can support students in developing skills that teach them how to guide themselves and focus on goals, valuable skills they can use throughout their lives, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab Director and Professor of Psychology Maurice J. Elias writes for Edutopia.

These tools can be taught in tandem with academics, Elias suggests, noting for example that educators can teach students how to set a goal and build a step-by-step plan on how to achieve that result, with individual objectives including learning how to organize studying needs or improve their physical fitness.

Educators and administrators can also adopt goal-setting alongside students, helping to illustrate how they value this approach in their own lives and how they put these tools into practice, as well.

Learning that growth happens over time is one of the cornerstones of social-emotional learning (SEL), as well, embedded in self-awareness. Curriculum designers, administrators and educators can weave this skill into any academic program, help students develop SEL tools alongside their course work.

To also demonstrate that learning is a process and building a skill takes time, educators can help students develop specific personalized success or learning plans. While these objectives often highlight strengths, they can also identify weaknesses, which then provide students academic areas to focus and potentially improve upon over time.

Read the full article about self-regulation lessons in learning by Lauren Barack at Education Dive.