Student Goal Setting + GIVEAWAY!!

Most of my bulletin boards aren't quite done yet... I put up anchor charts and other visuals that my students and I create together, so they're still a work-in-progress. One of my whiteboards is 2/3 CAFE menu and 1/3 was empty. I wasn't sure what to do with the empty space. Until now.

My school does components of Responsive Classroom (The Morning Meeting Book and The First Six Weeks of School), and one of the activities in The First Six Weeks of School is to have the kids write down their hopes and dreams for the school year. I've always done it, but I never liked how they were called "hopes and dreams." For my friends who grew up in the late 80s/early 90s like me, the words "hopes and dreams" always make me think of that episode of Saved by the Bell where they were playing basketball and Mr. Belding yells, "Shoot your hopes and dreams!" and they lose the game! LOL!

I always state, write on the board, and interact with the goal(s) of my lesson, so I knew the term "goal" would be familiar to my students. Let's call them goals instead, shall we? When I think about goals, I think about hockey. Have I mentioned that I am an ice hockey player? Well I am. So I made a giant hockey net and used pre-cut letters to spell the word "GOOOAL" on top. We read a super cute book called Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace (thanks Megan and Carmen for the hook up!), and then talked about how Paulie set a goal and worked to achieve it. He was a hockey player in the book too, so that was a great segue into the next activity. We brainstormed a list of learning goals and behavior/friendship goals for second grade. Each student got two hockey pucks, and they needed to set one learning goal and one behavior/friendship goal. If I had more space, I probably would have separated the behavior/friendship goal. Here's how it turned out!
I am seriously LOVING this!! I wish I could have somehow made a net in the background... if you have any suggestions, leave me a comment! If you're not a crazy hockey fan like me, you could do soccer instead? My teammates did the same activity but used cupcakes (also in the book). Then they watched the Will.I.Am Sesame Street song and said it was a great way to conclude the lesson. I didn't have time today, but I think I'm going to show it tomorrow.

Tomorrow's Friday! YAY!! I am so exhausted!!

1 comment

  1. I am doing a sports them and I also plan on talking about different goals this year at the start of the school year. Thank you for the idea and book recommendation.

    The only thing I could think of is thin black lines for your net. You could use paper.


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