Goal Setting Lesson Plan

I developed this Goal Setting Lesson Plan as a part of a Character Education program for my daughter's Grade 8 class, which has 19 students. I am using 45 minutes of the English class. The English teacher is very supportive. I asked him how we could make the children accountable for the work. In other words, can they be graded on the work as a part of their overall mark? He said that he has a 15% catchall and that he could put the life coaching part of the work into this part of their grade.

As a part of the Goal Setting Lesson Plan , I introduced myself Karen's Bio and explained to the children that I am a Life and Business Coach. My job is to help people overcome any obstacles that may be preventing them from living their life to its fullest potential. I was there to teach them various life skills to help them live their lives to their fullest potential. The first lesson was about goal setting. I asked the children questions like:

“Do you know what goals are?”

“Why do you think goals are important?”

“What happens if you don’t have any goals?”

I asked them to tell me about some people they knew or knew of who had specific goals that they had achieved. I then asked them to write down the instructions for their assignment. They were to write 4 specific goals.

1. A GOAL FOR SCHOOL: Something that they wanted to achieve academically. It could be better grades. It could be the goal to read more books. Have a better relationship with a teacher.

2. A GOAL FOR A RELATIONSHIP WITH A FRIEND: It could be a relationship that they want to improve, a relationship that they want to start or anything that they feel would be worthy of a goal.

3. A GOAL FOR A RELATIONSHIP WITH A FAMILY MEMBER: Similar to above. Interestingly, most of the children who had brothers or sisters made their goal about being nicer to them.

4. A GOAL FOR GIVING SELFLESSLY: I explained to them that sometimes the problem with goals is they can be quite narcistic, all about me, me, me. This is why it is also important to have goals that help other people or the environment. The goal needed to be about them doing something without expecting anything in return.

For each goal they were asked to write three action steps that they could do to help make their goal a reality.

We talked about why it is important for them to have passion for their goals. If they are just writing them down because they think it is what the teacher or I want to hear, it will be harder for them to achieve.

I expounded on the importance of visualizing and feeling what it is like to achieve their goals. We then did a quick visualization exercise. I asked them to stand up and put one of their arms as far back behind their back as possible, without twisting their bodies. I asked them to put their arm down, close their eyes and visualize putting their arm as far back behind their body as possible. Then after about 30 seconds of visualization, I asked them to open their eyes and put their arm behind their body as far as they could. They did and they were very excited to see that their arm went back much further than the first time. I told them about the positive results from some experiments done on the power of visualization and goals.
We talked about confidentiality and how I would like to share their goals with the rest of the class but only with their permission. I asked them to please put a yes or no next to each goal and that would tell me if I could share them with the class.

I then asked them to take some time to think about their goals and write them down. After they handed them into me, I perused them and made notes back to them with any relevant comments. I encouraged them to keep their goals in a place where they could see and reflect on them often. I also plan to sit down with each one of them in a few months to review the progress of their goals.

In our next class together we are going to review the goals and make Vision Boards. I will keep you posted! Thank you and I am very appreciative of any feedback or suggestions about this Goal Setting Lesson Plan.

Lesson 2. Vision Boards
Lesson 3. Be The Change

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