September 6, 2017
I really love your goals. When I was in college, I learned a valuable lesson about goals. The best goals are SAMIC:
Contingent only upon yourself
Let’s look at your goals to see if they meet this criteria. So your first goal is to make at least one friend. I think that is pretty simple, and it definitely is attainable. It is easily measured because if you have one friend at the end of the year, you have met your goal. You can start working on your goal right away, so it is immediate. The only thing I wonder about is the last part–is it contingent only upon yourself?
Friendship is often described as a two-way street, where both people have to put in equal amount of effort to keep the friendship going strong. So, I wonder if this goal could be contingent only upon you? Maybe we could change your goal just a little bit to have it more focused on your own behavior? What do you think about having a goal of learning about friendship and what it takes to be a good friend?
As for your other goal, I am hoping that you will really learn in English class and in homeroom this year. Will you promise to let me know if you are not learning new and exciting things? Student feedback is important to me because it helps me get better all the time.
Please let me know if you like the idea of shifting your first dream to be more contingent just on your own behavior by focusing on learning what it takes to be a good friend. I would love to help you with this goal!
Dear Student Editors,
I am so excited to hear what you think of Mrs. Holiday’s journal entry to Kip!
- What did you think of as you read Mrs. Holiday’s advice?
- What about SAMIC makes sense to you, and what leaves you a bit confused?
- What SAMIC goal do you have for yourself?
- What details do you think I should add?
- What ideas do you have for Kip’s response?
Please put your edits in the comments on this post. I will comment back to you and make changes to the chapter based upon your feedback. I can’t wait to learn from you!