In 21st Century Skills, we are wrapping up a unit centered around setting goals. Most recently, students were asked to explore the technique of visualization in order to help them focus on achieving one of their previously written SMART (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, Timely) goals. The assignment required each student to write a short, newspaper-style article in which they reported on their goal as if they had already achieved it. Additionally, they needed to include an image (with their own face photoshopped in if necessary)! documenting the event. I’ve hung these articles on the bulletin boards in my classroom and although the black and white images aren’t as attractive as the color versions handed in online, the headlines attract immediate attention: “Nipmuc Student Wins Big,” “Student Lands Breakout Role in Major Play,” “One Album Down, Many to Go,” and “Caution: New Driver.”
My hope is that students will find inspiration in the daily reminder of the goals that they have set for themselves. Also, we will check in formally before the end of Term 2 to see if they have made progress!