Goal Setting and Time Management

Goal Setting Unit/Project

Day 1:

  • Meditation (http://smilingmind.com.au/)
  • Students go outside for Ball Toss Activity (see attached document).  Usually before we go out I break them up into 4 randomly chosen groups.  Each group will need a large basket, 3 tennis balls and the score sheet along with a writing utensil.
  • Come inside and have discussion about how Ball Toss Activity relates to goals and goal setting (discussion questions on Ball Toss Activity direction sheet.

Ball Toss Game Directions

Ball Toss Point Sheet

Day 2:

Show Soul Surfer Clip

1. Journal:

Write about Bethany’s goal and what it can teach us about goal setting.  Think of any goal setting steps she needed to take to achieve her goal.

2. Steps of the Goal Setting Process

  • Distribute goal setting slips and have the students organize as a table.
  • Go over the steps  in the correct order.  As they we are talking about the order of steps, they are coping down the steps in their journals.  I usually write the steps up on the board as we talk about them and give them examples of why each step is in the place it is.
  • Go over what a SMART goal is.  This step is done when someone is choosing what their goal is.  S=specific M=measurable  A=adjustable  R=realistic  T=timely   Have them write this down in their notebooks as well.  Always good for them to have a place to look to remind themselves of what they’ve learned as they’re researching.

3. Show clip about Connor and Cayden

Discuss in a circle how the boy in the story went through the steps with specific examples

4. Get kids signed up on Edmodo (group code is pmsfds) and go over Goal Setter project. They should have their Goal Setter picked out and ready to go by next class. They might want to have a couple ideas in case the first one won’t work.

Day 3:

1. Meditation (Smiling Mind)

2.Show Carry On

3. Go through goal setter packet and fill out using Carry On as the example.

Goal Setting Project Packet

Goal Setter Project Rubric

4.  Students begin research using computer and/or heading to the library to check out some books.  If they choose someone they know personally, they will need to schedule an interview time/s to meet with them and get information.  Remind students they will have to have the SMART goal part of their packet done by the middle of next class.


Day 4:

1. Journal:  How is your goal setter research going?  What are your goals today to help ensure you’re getting done what needs to be done?

2. Students continue researching goal setter and filling out packet, reminding them to really concentrate on the 6 goal setting steps and getting a lot of information in those areas.  Before they start researching, it’s a good idea to talk about what “inferring” means when it comes to research.  A lot of kids look for the goal setting steps to be put right in front of them when often times they have to “read between the lines” in their research.

3.  Conference with the kids as they are researching.  I usually take about 5 minutes or so with each student depending on their needs.  Some need more help than others with the research and getting down specific details.


Day 5:

1. Meditation

2. Research Day!  Same as above!!  Could show them another example of goal setters if you want to:)  Packet should be completed by the end of class.

3.  Some students may be getting done with their packet.  I always like to look over it with them before they go on to making their final project.


Day 6

1. Journal:  Write about a time when you set a goal and didn’t quite achieve it.  What happened?  Looking back, is there anything you think you could have done that would have helped you achieve this goal?

2.  Students work on their final projects to present the information on their goal setter.  They can choose to present the information in any way they would like.  Example iMovies are below.  A lot of kids chose keynote presentations as well.


Day 7  

1. Meditation

2. Final in class work day!  Presentations next class!


Day 8

1. Presentations (usually takes 2 class days).


A couple finished examples of the goal setter project:

Ruby Bridges


Malala Yousafzai


Keynote Examples

Lisa Fenn-Keynote


Or instead of researching a goal setter, the students could do this…

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Hey 7th Graders!

The time has come for you to pick a wellness goal for the semester and get into action. Pick something that you’d like to work on – physically, mentally, emotionally, or socially- and draft a plan. Remember to make it a SMART goal:

S- Specific (you’ve got to see it to reach it!)

M- Measurable (how will you know you’ve achieved it?)

A- Adjustable (things come up! Make sure you can adjust accordingly.)

R- Realistic (if it’s not realistic, you’ll just end up frustrated!)

T- Timely (set a goal you can reach by the end of the school year.)

Fill out the following sheet with details about your goal and save it to your health folder on your Mac. You’ll need to go back to it every two weeks for a check-in and reflection.

Personal Goal Setting Project- Spring 2015

Working towards goals can be challenging, and you’ll need some reminders and help along the way. Use the following document to write a letter to yourself that you can go back to when you need some extra support!

Goal Setting Letter- S2015

If you are in need for some extra inspiration, please go back and watch the video about Dartanyon and Leroy.  Goal setters can’t get much more inspirational than these two incredible individuals!

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