Begin class with a discussion of goals. What goals are, what are some goals of the your own, what are class goals. Relate the discussion to famous role models. For example:
- What was Obama’s goal?
- What was Al Gore's goal?
- Local football team goals?
- Discuss other sports teams’ goals.
- Musician goals?
Connect with the students to show that everyone has goals. Relate to people they may admire and discuss the goals they must have had in reaching their current status.
Discuss with the class what some of their goals are. Illustrate that there are goals for the day, week, month, year and even longer (college, career, etc.).
Provide the class with the goal notebooks (or have them take these out.)
- Ask the class to record a few of their goals and ask them to think about long-term and short-term goals.
- Ask them to create a list of 5 short-term (day, week) goals and 5 longer term goals (month, year, years).
Circulate and assist students here. Point out how we all have goals everyday; get to school, watch a show, get together with friends, finish an assignment or project.
First begin working on short-term goals. Ask the students to share a few. Record for class to see; break this goal down into steps or tasks. For example, if a student has a goal as watching a TV show at 5:00pm then tell the steps will be needed to reach that goal. Finish school, get the bus, do homework first, complete chores at home, etc.
- Instruct students to take their 5 short-term goals and create a list of steps to reach them.