Setting goals and reaching them are two powerful experiences that have a profound impact on children, especially on their habits. Not only does goal setting teach children how to focus on what’s important to them, but it improves their decision-making skills, empowering them to see that they control their futures based on the goals they accomplish. In this New Year, encourage students to think of things they hope to achieve inside and outside the classroom and the practical steps to make it happen.
Show students the following video on “Goal Setting”
1. After watching the video, help students define key terms and provide some direct instruction. Use the following script:
2. Break students into small groups of 3-4 and have them share one goal and the steps they plan to take to accomplish that goal.
3. Conduct a full classroom discussion, giving students the chance to share what they learned about each other about their unique goals. Ask students the following questions and have them share popcorn style:
4. Create a classroom goals list that can be permanently displayed. This should be a compilation of at least one goal shared by each student. Visually acknowledge students as these goals are achieved throughout the year.
Many students will share “fun” goals through this exercise. Review with students the importance of setting goals for the things we’re excited about and the things we want to change or improve on. Goal setting and accomplishments also help us change habits one step at a time. Share with students tips on identifying habits they want to change and developing discipline and consistency by repeatedly sticking to smaller goals to change these habits.
Some examples include: