Individual or Class Goal Setting Forms and Examples
-- Og Mandino
The C.R.O.S.S.ROADS™ choice process detailed here may be used for general decision-making, goal setting, conflict resolution, and problem-solving. It was originally created for use as a tool to help students make better choices in conflict resolution situations in a school setting. It was so successful that there was a 56% reduction in disciplinary referrals over a 2 year period. Added as a strategy after the implementation of Great Expectations in another school setting, disciplinary referrals became all but non-existent. There are five steps in the process:
C - Choice - What is the choice I’m making?
R - Reality - What is happening now?
O - Options - What are some choice options I might try?
S - Select option/s and create a plan.
S - Start over.
Together with a school creed, the Eight Expectations, and Life Principles form the guidelines for making positive choices.
The process may be used verbally at any time or place, quickly running through the questions to focus on the particular need. Having witnessed the five steps being used effectively in situations such as two students caught running down the hall, altercations during recess, disruptions in a classroom, goal setting for professional development, or at an administrative meeting where procedural decisions were being made, the process has proven itself to work. Participating in an individual or collaborative effort, those involved take ownership and responsibility for the choice, the actions, and the outcome.
Verbally running through the steps is more than adequate in the majority of situations. At other times the worksheets and forms aid in giving a structured outline for the details of the process. For example, with conflict resolution, it is particularly useful to give the participants a place to write down the facts and think through the possible solutions. One particular sixth grade student who spent too much time being sent to the office for class disruption first of all identified what she was doing and its consequences, and then came up with ideas for changing her behavior. Instead of a “This is what you’re going to do!” from a teacher or administrator, it was “This is what I’m going to do!” from the student.
Choice and Goal Setting:
- Creating a Vision with C.R.O.S.S.ROADS - Visual of process for creating a Vision/Dream.
- Great Expectations’ Goal Setting - Visual showing structure of Goal Setting components.
Index of C.R.O.S.S.ROADS™ Goal Documents:
- C.R.O.S.S. ROADS ™ Decision-making Process - Explanation of the 5 step decision-making process.
- C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Decision-making Worksheet - This document is generic and may be used for general decision-making, goal setting, conflict resolution, and problem-solving.
- Simplified Goal Setting Worksheet - A simplified goal setting form
- 4 Mini Goal Setting Worksheets - To be used after the process has been learned for multiple goal setting and/or revisions (teacher recommended after pilot use in the classroom)
- C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Goal Setting Worksheet - This document goes through the goal setting process in more detail and has the individual or group considering the consequences of each choice option. (IF…, Then…) This is particularly valuable in conflict resolution or setting behavioral goals.
- C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Simplified Decision-making Process Worksheet - use if review of consequences of goal is desired. (IF…, Then…) This is particularly valuable in conflict resolution or setting behavioral goals.
- Choice plan sheet - Choice planning worksheet uses a very elementary version of the C.R.O.S.S.ROADS process.
- Choice C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Planning Worksheet - Use this document for detailed planning on the personal effort necessary to carry out a choice.
- Goal Setting Planning Sheet - This document is specifically for detailed planning for goal setting.
- Goal Progress Sheets - There are three forms:
- Quick individual progress sheet - This has 3 goal progress sheets to a page that may be cut apart for use with multiple students for a quick evaluation.
- Multiple individual evaluations - This sheet may be used by an individual student to make 3 progress evaluations for a single goal.
- Goal Progress Worksheet - This allows for a more detailed evaluation of goal progress giving opportunities/options and benefits/obstacles.
- Goal Progress Log - This document may be used for learners to keep track of individual goal progress
Goal Setting Tools:
- Set of 6 Different Goal Posters
- Assignment Data Log – Printable log sheet
- Progress Chart - chart progress with bar graph
- Goal Setting Mind Maps and Forms - selection of mind maps, strategies, and online mind map resources for digital devices such as
- Option #1: Insert the goal topic and then brainstorm more specific topics that will be manageable to achieve.
- Option #2: Insert the more specific individual goal for the topic. Brainstorm the characteristics/option that might be addressed.
- Use this Introduction to Choice/Goal Setting Lesson Plan - includes 2 detailed lesson plans, videos, 6 Powerpoints, quotes, and other resources
- C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Choice Chants, Posters, and literature - includes a variety of resources including a poem chant to help remember the five C.R.O.S.S.ROADS steps.
- Choices Rap
- Choice Creed
- C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Process Decision-Making Loop Poster
- C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Process Poster
- Neck Up Check Up Poster
- C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Choice Chants, Posters, and literature - includes a variety of resources including a poem chant to help remember the five C.R.O.S.S.ROADS steps
- 4x4 Task Cards
Edwin A. Locke University of Maryland Gary P. Latham University of Toronto
Source: Summary of Recent Goals Research(PDF here: Gail Matthews Written Goal Study Dominican University), by Gail Matthews, Ph.D., Dominican University