Create engaging SMART goal worksheets in Microsoft Designer

july 10, 2024

My name is Emily Anderson, and today I'm excited to share how I used Microsoft Designer, a powerful AI design tool, to create an engaging and visually pleasing SMART goals-based worksheet for classroom use.

Generative AI tools like Designer can really help teachers bring convenience and creativity to their educational material design, and I encourage you to give it a try. Follow the steps below to get your feet wet with Designer by creating a worksheet like mine!

Step 1: Launch Microsoft Designer and enter your prompt

  • Launch Microsoft Designer and sign in using your Microsoft account (if you don’t have one, create one for free).
  • Navigate to Design Creator.
  • Enter the prompt “Create a worksheet for students to help them understand SMART goals” and tap Generate. Designer will show you several design options that address your prompt.
  • Select the design that best aligns with your vision.
  • If you don’t see any designs that meet your needs, revise your prompt and try again. Consider mentioning your students’ grade level or reading level to have the design tailored to a particular age group.
An illustrated clipboard illustrating SMART goals

Step 2: Customize your design

Customize the design’s text, font, and imagery to match the style and tone you’re aiming for.

  • To modify the text: Double-tap inside a text box to edit the text and adapt it to your worksheet's content.
  • To change fonts: Tap the text icon to experiment with different fonts and choose one that enhances readability and visual appeal.
  • To adjust or replace images: Tailor the imagery to align with your worksheet's theme and objectives.
  • Consider using the AI-generated design suggestions to make your worksheet more engaging and visually coherent.
A clipboard holding a SMART goals worksheet

Step 3: Incorporate interactive elements

When you’re done customizing your design, add interactive text boxes where students can write their own responses.

  • Duplicate the template page
  • Insert placeholders for student responses to ensure the worksheet is practical and student-friendly.

Step 4: Finalize and download your worksheet

Finalize the worksheet by adding instructions for your students, ensuring the worksheet's objectives are straightforward and actionable. When you’re satisfied, download and share your creation.

  • Add clear, concise instructions for students to follow.
  • Once your worksheet is complete, tap Download.
  • Choose to download each page as a PNG or the entire worksheet as a PDF, ready for classroom distribution.

Wrapping up

Using this method to create worksheets has streamlined my material creation process and unleashed a whole new level of creativity. I’m excited to continue using AI in educational design and see what my fellow educators can create!

Give Microsoft Designer a try today. A whole world of custom instructional material is just an idea and a prompt away!

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