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Learning how to overcome obstacles helps students visualize goals and dreams.
Organize a meeting with the school guidance counselor to share with the students what goals are and how we move forward toward achieving our dreams. Allow time in the meeting for students to ask questions of the counselor.
Set up a class blog where students will post their learning from the meeting with the counselor. This posting may be done right after the meeting concludes or as a homework assignment. The later posting will afford students the time to reflect about the experience.
Organize students in small groups. Have members appoint a facilitator who will be charged with moving the group through the day's activities.
Challenge each group to discuss personal goals for the immediate future. List these on a classroom white board or on easel paper. Next, encourage students to generate long term goals, such as going to college or becoming a professional of some sort. Each group creates a second list for long-term goals. Keep both lists posted for easy referencing.
Provide each student with construction paper and Crayola® Crayons. Invite children to illustrate themselves achieving goals they have named in their groups. Use Tempera Paint and brushes to create a crayon resist picture of reaching a goal. Allow time for the paint to dry overnight.
Students write a paragraph to accompany their illustrations. Each paragraph should identify the student, the goal illustrated, and what steps the student is planning on taking in order to ensure success. Post both the illustration and paragraph in a classroom display.
Create a 3-D braille chart simply with Crayola® School Glue, Markers and paper.
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