Students envision their personal journey from present day to graduation day.
- Cognitive: Students will be able to construct a vision of graduation day, offering details about reflecting on their high school years during the graduation walk.
- Affective: Students will feel inspired by their visions of future success.
Journals, writing utensils, script (below)
Prepare stations for students to work at.
|10 min||Ask students to close their eyes if they are comfortable and then to picture their graduation day.
Ask students to write about or draw what comes to mind.
|Remind students there is no wrong way to do this exercise.
Encourage students to use as many sensory details as possible (sight, touch, smell, sound)
|10 min||Wrap up the activity by highlighting how imagining yourself graduate can help you stay motivated throughout the year.
What is your next step? What do you need to do tomorrow? Who are the people will help you get there? Ask students to journal, create a collage, or discuss in small groups.
|10 min||Offer time for students to gather thoughts. Ask students to share observation (in pairs, small group, whole group).||Highlight self-awareness and daily experiences that will lead up to graduation day.|
How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate and seem engaged? Remember to ask the students to share their feedback about the activity: What went well?
What suggestions would make the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.
Emotional Intelligence Tips
- Offer students examples of sensory details (the diploma will feel light in my hands, graduation robes will sway as I walk across the stage, the tassel will swing past my eye, etc)
- Encourage students to be patient, respectful, open, and reserve judgment
- Approach with curiosity