Goal Setting - 1

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Teachers

Definition: Goal setting is the process of deciding what you want to accomplish and devising a plan to achieve the result you desire

Discussion Points

  • What is goal setting?
  • What are S.M.A.R.T. goals?

Discuss with students what goal setting means. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

  • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
  • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

Activity 1: What is a goal?

Ask students to share what the biggest thing is they have accomplished this year. (Ex. shoe tying, riding a bike) List these on the board. Discuss with students that these are things that took practice. Explain that when we have things we are unable to do YET that take practice we can set a goal to be able to do these things.

Develop a list of things students are unable to do yet but would like to learn.

Materials Needed:
  • Pencil for each student
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 2: What are my goals?

Encourage students to think about something they can’t do YET but would like to be able to do. Explain to them that this is a goal. (Ex. Read books) Display the example below. Allow time to complete student activity sheet A.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 3: Step Towards My Goal

Review with students that goals take time to reach. By breaking the goal down into steps you are better able to reach your goal. Display the example below.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on student activity sheet C.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Example script demonstrating the Power of Yet appropriately:
Dr. Sally: PJ, can you tell me one goal you would like to work towards at school?
PJ: I want to learn how to do multiplication.
Dr. Sally: That’s great! Is this a S.M.A.R.T. goal?
PJ: It is. I will know I have reached my goal when I can pass my multiplication facts 0-10 test in 5 minutes. I really need to know how to do multiplication to help me in school. I hope I can do this before Christmas break.
Dr. Sally: I know if you work hard you will certainly be able to.

If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

Script Writing and Animation

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating patience appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Have students record their scripts using SiLAS software for social skills. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Example script demonstrating the Power of Yet appropriately:
Dr. Sally: PJ, can you tell me one goal you would like to work towards at school?
PJ: I want to learn how to do multiplication.
Dr. Sally: That’s great! Is this a S.M.A.R.T. goal?
PJ: It is. I will know I have reached my goal when I can pass my multiplication facts 0-10 test in 5 minutes. I really need to know how to do multiplication to help me in school. I hope I can do this before Christmas break.
Dr. Sally: I know if you work hard you will certainly be able to.

Example script demonstrating a fixed mindset:
Dr. Sally: PJ, can you tell me one goal you would like to work towards at school?
PJ: I want to do 1,000 multiplication facts in 1 minute.
Dr. Sally: Wow! That’s a lot of facts in a short amount of time.
PJ: I don’t care, that’s what I want.

Lesson Review

Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges
  • The Empty Pot by Demi
  • The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
  • Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan
  • Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds by Paula Yoo

Students

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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Draw or write your response to each question.

What’s something you wish you could do but can’t YET?

I would like to be able to

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Write your goal in the top box. Now think about the steps you will need to take to get to your goal. Start at the bottom and draw or write your steps.

What is your goal?

Draw or write your steps here:

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Check or circle the best choice for the situation presented below.

1. Goal setting will help me be able to do things I can’t do YET?

2. Goal setting doesn’t require any effort?

3. It helps to break goals into steps?