Making Sure Your Goal Is Challenging
Addresses Criterion A Strand i
defines a clear and highly challenging goal and context for the project, based on personal interests
If you look at the rubric for Criterion A, you can see that your final goal should be “clear and highly challenging.” Each person will have a different idea of what highly challenging means based on their experience and skills. Someone who has never sewn before may be challenged to make a basic quilt, while someone who has been sewing for years would find a quilt far too easy to make, and may need to create separate articles of clothing. Someone who has never played guitar will be challenged by learning to play a few 3 chord songs, while someone who has been playing for years may not be challenged unless they learn to play in a new style or a particularly challenging piece of music.
Look below to see how a basic goal can be ramped up to make it more challenging. Remember you want the goal to be interesting and challenging, but not impossible.
Clear and Challenging Goal
Highly Challenging Goal
Create a Slideshow about the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
Raise awareness of the Syrian Refugee Crisis through an awareness campaign, including presentations to students and a poster campaign.
Develop an awareness campaign in the school to raise awareness of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, including presentations to students and a poster campaign and raise money to donate to UNHCR.
Create a cloth handbag of my own design
Make a handbag of my own design from a material that I have created from recycled paper waste.
Create a range of handbags of my own design, made from material that I have created from paper waste.
Write a series of poems
Write a series of poems inspired by current events and publish them on Poems.com
Write a series of people inspired by current events and publish them in a handmade book.
Generally speaking, the more verbs that you have in a goal, the more opportunities you have to learn, and the more challenging the goal is.
In your Process Journal – Write down your current goal. Is it possible to make it more challenging by adding additional pieces? Does the new goal still interest you?
What does it mean?
Ideas for my own SMART Goal.
Who will be involved?
What do you plan to produce/ achieve?
When and where do you plan to complete the project?
Why this goal? What is your motivation?
Your goal must be measurable.
It should be challenging, but doable in the time available.
It should relate to your interests and your Global Context and Objectives.
There should be a clear time limit.