Use half of a page to write a 3-5 sentence reflection inspired by this motivational quote:
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” – Paulo Coelho (author of The Alchemist)
- self-criticism looks like/sounds like. The teacher will give an example of what self-improvement looks like/ sounds like.
Criticism (as defined by Merriam-Webster for English Language Learners)
- the act of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems or faults of a person or thing: the act of criticizing someone or something
Self-criticism looks like: Being ashamed of your score on an exam because it was lower than your friend’s score, so you throw away your results.
Self-criticism sounds like: “I wish I was as smart as Samantha. She’s beautiful and smart and I could never be as good at math as she is.”
Improvement (as defined by Merriam-Webster for English Language Learners)
- the act of improving something: the act or process of making something better
- the quality of being better than before
Self-improvement looks like: Choosing to attend tutoring once a week for math after learning that your test score was lower than anticipated.
Self-improvement sounds like: “I didn’t do as well on this test as I thought I would. I know that I can do better and I will earn a better grade on the next exam.” (Acknowledge your shortcomings without beating yourself down about them. Make it a goal to improve yourself in these areas.)
Use the second half of the same notebook page to brainstorm healthy goals for the new year. Students will not only list the goal but also two- three benefits that could come from that goal.
Learn to cook → ● Health benefits
- Help parents/guardians
- New independence
Read one book every two months →
- Expand vocabulary
- Cope with stress
- Mental break from school work
- Take your flashcard and fold it down the middle.
- Write one academic goal on the left side and one personal goal on the right
*You will be sharing these two goals in a group setting.
Groups of Four
You will each share of your two goals with the group, one at a time.
- discuss/brainstorm (realistic) options for each individual to achieve your goals – at least five for EACH goal
- Use the back side of the flashcard to write down (bullet point) ideas for accomplishing goals.
Look at the options for accomplishing your goals and circle (highlight) two options for each that are realistic or “doable.” Turn in note card.
In your notebooks, reflect on the group brainstorming process.
- What did it feel like to envision your future?
- How helpful was it to have a group of peers helping you brainstorm?
- What have you learned about planning for success?
- How committed or motivated are you to accomplish your goals this year?