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This routine helps develop students’ self-efficacy and decision-making by supporting them in setting personal and academic goals. Whether students are learning in school or at home, the following goals can help get them started with their brainstorming:

  • Attend a teacher’s office hours this week.
  • Read a book of your choice for ten minutes each day.
  • Write a positive comment on a classmate’s social media post.
  • Meditate for five minutes. Find a free video online if meditation is new for you. 
  • Before you go to sleep, list or sketch in your journal three things you are grateful for.

Face-to-Face Learning

As a class, brainstorm possible personal and academic goals, writing the list on the board or chart paper. Invite students to choose one (or create their own) that they can commit to focusing on for the week. Have students do a quick journal reflection to explore why they chose the goal and list three concrete steps they can take to help meet it. Finally, have students share their closing challenge in a Wraparound. Have students revisit their goals during the week to chart their progress.

Remote Learning

Using a virtual whiteboard or a collective Google Doc, have students type ideas for personal and academic goals. Then have students choose one (or create their own) and do a quick journal reflection to explore why they chose the goal and list three concrete steps they can take to meet it. Finish by asking students to type their goal and one concrete step in the chat. Save the chat and check in with students during the week, perhaps asking them to send you an email with an update.

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