After first semester is a great time for all students to reflect and set goals.
This activity takes about 15 minutes.
Discussion of why we reflect in a positive way, and use that to help us set goals for the future.
This a great activity for upper elementary, middle school and high school students.
Includes Lesson Guide
Before Lesson –
• Copy one sheet back to front of reflection and goal setting. It’s best to have it on one sheet for ease in storing and bringing back out to check progress.
• Copy one page each for students of “Possible Goals” for reference and to help them brain storm.
During Lesson -
• Discuss with students what things they did well last semester. If they say, “I got a B in English.” Prompt them for what they did well in English that enabled them to earn a B. We are looking for specific actions.
• After they have agreed upon 3 things they did well, ask them to pick 3 things they think they could do better at next semester. If they are struggling or stalled, ask them to refer to the “Possible Goal” sheets for ideas.
• Next is identifying what students may need to achieve these goals.
o If they want to turn work in, they may need someone to remind them or recognize when they do turn in work.
o If they need to clean their locker, they may need help deciding what to throw away and what to keep.
• Students should identify what individuals can help them remember, or encourage them when they are doing well.
• Student signs and then seeks out the individuals they would like help from. They are to explain what they are doing, their goals and what help they may need. If the helper is willing, they should sign the bottom as well.
After Lesson -
This should be reviewed monthly to check for effectiveness and to recognize good efforts by your students.