Begin your class with a unit that will help students understand the importance of setting goals. Students watch various, short YouTube videos and complete some worksheets. Included in this unit are the following:
two motivational videos (hyperlinks included for all videos),
two "how to" videos including writing SMART goals,
one fill-in-the-blank worksheet to ensure students' focus on a video,
six two-page worksheets for filling out long and short-term goals in six categories,
four motivating videos to show one per month before evaluating the progress of their goals,
a self-reflection worksheet to complete at the very end of the unit,
a model of how to complete a goal sheet,
a model of how to assess their goals,
and a model goal sheet for more personal individual goals.
First week: Students watch motivational and how-to videos.
Week two: Students write goals for six categories: one category per day.
A month later: Students watch a motivating video clip (famous failures) and assess their goals. They will do this two more times, a month between assessments.
Last week of school: Self reflection. You may provide each student with a file folder that they can decorate to hold all of their goals. You could do this the first week or wait till the end when they take their goals home with them at the end of the semester.
If you're short on time, you could skip an evaluation or two. At least you will have completed one to show them the model.
It's always exciting to see if a student creates a goal for your class! Or, perhaps you can assign this class as a particular goal. :0)
The idea is that if students don't aim for a particular goal, they will certainly reach that - nothing!