Lesson Plan

Defining Goals

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Having goals is important. The opening, two-day lesson in the Goal Setting module teaches middle schoolers the importance of setting meaningful, realistic goals. Through a series of activities, participants practice setting personal goals, examining possible consequences, creating deadlines, and establishing criteria to evaluate their successes.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have participants agree on one goal for the class, create a "Goal Barometer," and at the end of each session, have learners evaluate how well they achieved the goal that day
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of four lessons in the Goal Setting module of the Overcoming Obstacles course designed for middle schoolers
  • The 12-page packet includes a detailed plan, activities, lesson extensions, an assessment, and a homework assignment
  • Requires a copy of the "Valid Goals" activity sheet for each participant
  • Links to an overview of the module, a glossary of terms, and the activity sheet are provided in the Included Materials section 
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