Goals give direction to your actions, your thoughts, your planning and later to your evaluation of the learning process. In other words, goals influence the motivation to learn. In addition, a goal without a plan is only a wish. Planning is essential to achieve those goals.
The example below is a practical example of the first year in primary school. The reward system consists of four different colours. Green is what the students can earn through good behaviour. Red shows the amount they have to pay to the teacher. Blue and yellow mean 'saving'. The pupils save together for a joint activity or a personal purchase. The goal, the purchase, influences the pupils' choice of behaviour. Pupils adhere to this behaviour as they pursue their goal.
The example below is used in the first year in primary school, but can also offer added value to pupils in the first and second degree.