What is a SMART Objective? – Dave’s Short Bytes

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S: Specific (simple, sensible, significant)

It’s important to make sure the goal is specific and not general. You can use these:

  • “Today we will work on junctions”
  • “By the end of this session we will be able to reverse into a bay in a car park”
  • “By the end of this session we will be more confident on roundabouts”

M: measurable (meaningful, motivating)

You need to be able to measure the amount of progress made on this goal.

  • Scaling is a great tool for this. At the beginning asking them if 1 is not at all and 10 is fully competent how would you rate yourself on (the goal)?
  • Done at the beginning and end should show an improvement.
  • You can use more qualitative questions as well such as ‘how do you feel about (the goal) now?

A: achievable (agreed, attainable)

Is the goal achievable in the time we have, and does it fit in with what they have learnt so far? Is the goal realistic?

A learner on an early lesson might want to do some manoeuvres. However, maybe their clutch work is not so good so is it realistic to be doing a manoeuvre now.

R: Realistic (relevant, reasonable)

Here we look at if the goal is relevant to the learning, is it what’s required? Is it at the right time? Is it worthwhile?

T: Time

Can we fit this into the allocated time of this session?

Remember, for our learner, sessions should not be longer than 30 minutes, each 2 hour lesson can contain 3 x 30 minute sessions.