Push out to students the Goal Setting worksheet – inform them that they will need this open throughout the lesson.Many people feel as if they're adrift in the world. They work hard, but they don't seem to get anywhere worthwhile. A key reason that they feel this way is that they haven't spent enough time thinking about what they want from life, and haven't set themselves formal goals. After all, would you set out on a major journey with no real idea of your destination? Probably not!Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality.The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You'll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.- See more at: http://www.mindtools.com/page6.html#sthash.TGNfsk7f.dpuf
Think back to the first week of school.During Orientation, we talked about setting goals and the importance of it with regards to your Individualized Learning Plan. Goal setting is a theme we are going to continually revisit throughout the year.Think back to some of the goals we set at the end of the Orientation week? Do you remember doing this?On the board, share one academic goal you set for yourself at the end of Orientation.Review some of the goals shared as a group.
Students received this information in Orientations – briefly review…Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:*Who: Who is involved?*What: What do I want to accomplish?*Where: Identify a location.*When: Establish a time frame.*Which: Identify requirements and constraints.*Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……How much? How many?How will I know when it is accomplished? Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.Realistic- To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.T can also stand for Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
Have students open the Goal Setting worksheet you pushed out at the beginning of class.One of the key components to be successful in meeting your personal goals is to actually WRITE THEM DOWN! If we don’t write them down, it is easy to forget our goals, or change them based on progress, or lack there of, over time.What we want to do today is get started on setting some short term and one long term academic goal. You will see on the worksheet it asks you to set 3 short term, first quarter goals. The first quarter of school ends in November. These goals should be something that you with to accomplish in the next 2 months.The long-term, semester goal, should be something you want to accomplish by January.When setting goals it is important to think about some of these questions.
If there is time, have students begin working on the goal setting worksheet in class – maybe they can get through setting their 3 first quarter goals.Students will need to finish the Goal Setting worksheet for homework.Closing statement: Setting good goals is a learned activity. All of us need assistance in making this process meaningful. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Goal setting is an essential skill for the success of students in school, and it enhances their personal growth. Sometimes, we don’t achieve our goals, but the effort that comes from trying and assessing what progress we have made is useful in helping us set and achieve new goals. As your teacher, I am still making goals and revisiting past goals.
Importance of Setting Personal Goals
Importance of Goals
• Long term vision
• Short term motivation
• Helps organization of time and resources
• Measure progress and achievement
• Raise self confidence
Getting Our Goals On Paper
• Why is it important to set goals?
• Does setting goals help you? How?
• How does it feel when you achieve a goal?
• Is it hard to think of goals that you would like to achieve?
• How will you measure your progress?
• What strategies might you use to meet your goal-someone you would
• What obstacles might you have to overcome in order to meet your goal?
• What do you think you might need from your classmates or advisor to help
you reach your goal?
• Who or what will verify that you have reached the goals?
• Think about the goals you want for yourself
• Think Big!
• Submit the Goal Setting Worksheet in our
Online Learning course.