But, asking the students to simply list their goals was...boring. A few years ago, our first unit in Language Arts was Cooperation and Competition. I took a sports twist to this theme, and I found the magic formula for the kids. Add a few ball shapes into the mix, and you could get them to eagerly do anything!
We started out with thinking about our goals for 5th grade. How did we want the year to go? What about our friendships? Our home working? On a soccer ball template, I had them fill all of this in. (and, silly me never took a picture of that! So sorry!)
click here if you want to see it again). Then, I had them create an "I Am" poem focused more on goals and reflection than the traditional poem. I was really a guided writing, as I really wanted the students to think about each line of the poem and I found that if I did the "I Do, You Do" model, they were being far more reflective. Then, each student created a basketball jersey with their classroom number and favorite colors. I had them write the final draft of the poem on velum tracing paper and lay it on top of the jersey. When they were stapled together, you could see the drawing through the tracing paper...it was so cute!
So there you have it. Some of the things I did to get my students reflecting and thinking about how they wanted their year with me to go. These activities really did set up a more reflective and goal oriented classroom, and I really think the students enjoyed them. They also were great for the bulletin boards, so I was set with some great quality work for Back to School Night! I put together all of these ideas, with bulletin board suggestions, lesson plan ideas, and all the templates you need in my Goal Setting and Self-Reflection Pack, which is available for $5 in my store.
BUT, as always, I will be giving a copy of this away. Just leave me a comment about the types of goal setting activities you use, and I will choose one (using the Random Number Generator) to send my new pack to. Please be sure to leave your email address. I will be picking the comment at 9pm PST tonight (7/16), so hurry up and comment away!