Students work toward identifying a specific goal related to their interests/passions and create an action plan for achieving that goal using chalk circles.
Students will be able to:
- Articulate goals
- Clarify their level of interest in those goals
- Create a chalk circle mural of class-wide goals and interests
Chalk and Pavement (or a similar mode of creating a large mural with paper and markers, if pavement is unavailable) with large circles drawn on and labeled with different topics such as art, music, math, sports, etc.; internet if students want to research their stated goal/passion
|Suggestions: a question like, “If you could be or do anything, what would that be?”, an appropriate quote, or a short video.|
|Suggestions for topics in the “big circles”: art, music, poetry, dance, math, sports, community, teaching, engineering, culture, politics, business, environment, etc.
During the discussion, you can push students to note similarities and complementary interests and passions, trends across the room, or push students to articulate more specific interests within their “big circle” topic.
|For example: If 5 students initially moved to the “politics” big circle, and 2 students talked about wanting to pursue an elected office, one student talked about wanting to work for a nonprofit serving their political interest, and one student talked about wanting to cover politics for a newspaper, they could create three smaller circles: “elected office”, “nonprofits”, and “journalism”.|
|Example: If a student moved first to the environment big circle, then shared a small circle with 2 other students named “recycling”, they might create their own individual circle that says, “Create a community organization to help local neighborhoods increase their recycling”.|
Share out: In order to give students ownership over their articulated goals, give each student 30 seconds to share out what they’ve written in their individual circle.
|The timing here will depend on the size of your class.|
Give students time to create an individual action plan to achieve their stated goal.
Suggested guiding questions:
|Students may need guiding questions, resources to research their goal (internet access) or time to talk through their goal with a partner. Respond to your class’s individual needs for this section of the lesson.|
Have students complete a reflection to gauge the effectiveness of the lesson at instilling a sense of passion in students. (See Formative Assessment below)
Criteria for Success/Formative Assessment
Students can submit their action plan for assessment and/or credit for this activity.
- Do you feel like your goal is attainable? Why or why not?
- What might get in the way of you achieving your goal? How can you overcome these challenges?
- What will be the outcome of you achieving your goal for you and for others?