Goal Setting

GRADES 6-8

Learning Goal

Students will learn to visualize, clarify, and establish concrete goals.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Visualize their goals
  • Create their own vision board with their dreams and goals

Learning Summary

Setting goals is an essential life skill that helps us find meaning by providing direction and steps to achieve our dreams. This lesson introduces students to the practice of identifying their goals and breaking down the goals into manageable steps.

The lesson begins with a mindfulness activity in which students focus on their breath and bodies to get centered for learning. In the introduction, you discuss why setting goals is important and the fact that we do not always reach our goals. You then engage students in visualizing the achievement of their goals through a guided visualization. Students reflect on the visualization in their journals then create their own vision board showing their dreams and goals for the future. Students end by reviewing their journals and vision boards and adding any additional goals and steps to reach those goals.

computer icon    Online Teaching Tips for Goal Setting

This lesson does not require any significant modifications for online delivery. Make sure each student has a piece of paper or their SEL journal for reflection after the visualization.

Have students share their goals with their classmates.

Encourage students to share their goals with a family member or have them sent to you.

CASEL Competencies

Self-management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Decision-making: The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.

Classroom Teaching Example