Students should be given the opportunity to define the term goal in their own words.  They should also brainstorm sample goals (e.g. Spend more time with family members, do something nice for someone each week, walk to school instead of getting a ride, etc.)  Some goals are harder to reach than others.  An example is as follows:

•More difficult: raising my math grade from a C to a B

•Easier: helping my mom around the house more


A good goal is very specific.  For example, students should say “raise my grade from a C to a B” rather than “get better grades”.  When students are working toward a difficult goal, it is important that they learn to take small steps toward achieving something big. Have your students imagine taking a road trip without a map or winning a basketball championship without a game strategy. To further emphasize this point, do the following exercise.


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