Try to be specific with your goals; using S.M.A.R.T (Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Time-based) goals can help with this but if you have your own way that works, that’s great too.
A discussion about the topic to be covered should include,
- enquiring with the pupil what they already know
- why they want to work on that topic
- anything they may find challenging
- solutions to any issues.
You end this chat asking something like this,
“by the end of today’s lesson, where would you like to be?”
Questions like this can really help in narrowing down the goal for the session.