Students were asked to annotate using reading skills that we had been working on in class and to complete a worksheet considering WHY they should set goals based off this article.
Next, students were taught HOW to set goals. They read and annotated Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
It was time to start to achieve these goals. We watched and "annotated" a Ted Talk about using 30 Day Challenges in order to reach personal goals.
You can guess what came next: students set their own 30 Day Challenge to get them close to their goals and they blogged about it.
As students worked on their challenges, we continued to inform ourselves. Students learned about reputable/credible sources and located one that was pertinent to their goal work. They read and annotated their source. They blogged about it and how it was impacting the goal work they were doing. They applied the research directly to their lives.
As we continued to work, we learned more strategies for accomplishing goals. The students read, annotated and blogged about the power of asking questions, rather than uttering statements, in the achievement of goals and applied this to their goal work. The article was called Will We Succeed? The Science of Self Motivation. They blogged about this and continued to support each other via this online forum.
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Finally, students learned about the power of affirmations and the importance of positive "self-talk" by reading another short article from Psychology Today: 5 Steps to Make Affirmations Work for You: Learn How to Make Affirmations Work for You. Again, students read, annotated, and blogged about this article and the applications it had for their personal goal work.
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The end was near. Celebrations of success were in order. Classes that achieved over 80% success rate were rewarded with a day "off" and food and students were asked to reflect on their personal performance/growth and present about their experience to the class. The final assignment for this unit was an infographic focused on reflection over the unit as a whole.