As part of a Leader in Me Lighthouse campus, we spend a lot of time working on setting, tracking, and reaching goals. We set goals on a personal, class, grade, and school level. One way that our students track their progress is through the use of accountability partners within the classroom.
By meeting with accountability partners, students are able to assess their progress toward a goal and make adjustments to make sure they stay on track to meet their goal. This also gives them ownership over their growth. You are almost twice as likely to reach a goal by having an accountability partner as opposed to just deciding to do something alone. I know that in my life, I am so much more likely to be successful in working towards a goal when I have someone holding me accountable. Someone to meet me at the gym, ask me how much weight I’ve lost, or if I’m spending my time wisely. Whatever my personal goal, I try to surround myself with people who will not only cheer me on but also be there to nudge me along when I need some encouragement. It’s so important that we start teaching our students how to do this successfully even at a young age. This is a habit that they can carry with them throughout life.
Obviously, a 6 or 7 year old, or even a 10 year old may not know what it looks like to have an accountability partner. So just like anything else, we teach, model, and practice.
If you would like to learn more about how to introduce and implement an accountability partner system within your classroom, I have created a package that will help you!
Have you ever had an accountability partner? How did it help you to be successful?