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SMART Goal lesson plan.
I have included all the slides I have used in this lesson. However, I do not necessarily do all the activities/slides with every group.
Slide 1: The basic learning target and success criteria for the lesson.
Slide 2: This is an assignment I sometimes do to classes that enjoy drawing and tend to think that way. I give them a time limit (15 minutes or less) to draw a portrait of themselves 20 years from now. I use this to try to get them started on long-term goals, connecting school with their long-term goals, and as a warm-up for goal setting unit. If you have the class share, it can be a class period in and of itself.
Slide 3: Basic discussion about a goal.
Slide 4: Introduction of a goal. I usually have the students discuss how a goal and a wish may be different.
Slide 5: If you have a SMART board, I have students write a wish for their future and then talk about how to change that into their goal.
Slide 6: Beginning a transition to “why” to set goals and work towards them. We read the cartoon and discuss its meaning together.
Slide 7: A few quotes and a link to a Michael Jordan basketball commercial. The key points in the commercial is that Michael Jordan has a goal to be a great basketball player and that he focuses on that goal despite his failure. It is an example that working towards a goal can be difficult but may pay off in the long-run.
Slide 8: This slide as more specific details about why we set a SMART goal in particular. I emphasize that SMART goals are research-based.
Slide 9: The basic SMART goal. There are two links that explain SMART goals from youtube if you choose.
Slide 10-14: Show each aspect of SMART. Most include a picture to help represent the SMART and an example.
Slide 15: It gives examples of a behavioral related SMART goal. I have students usually work in teams/partners to come up with two academic based SMART goals.
Slide 16- 26: Is a class review of SMART goals. You can use this as formative assessment. I have had students make “SMART” and “Study more” signs and then hold them up to see if they are understanding the concept. When I finish with this section, I also give them an individual SMART goal quiz.
Slide 27/28: Review the SMART goal and talk about my expectations in writing it. This will have to be customized for your needs. I would suggest giving them a time-bound that works for your class and have them monitor their goal in class. I also have sheets for this as separate documents that I currently use. It also helps to give them a list of specific SMART goal topics that they can select especially for younger students.
Slide 29: A closing song that is a youtube link.
Slide 30: This is an add-on activity. I sometimes move this up to the middle of the lesson to mix things up or use it with one class that is ahead of the other class. To do this, you will need stacks of paper that they can rip, tear, and use in their towers. I typically just find it from the recycling bin.
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30 Slides
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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