“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” – Jim Rohn
The new year is a wonderful time to inspire your students to set goals and plan for academic and personal success. By helping your students set and achieve goals you also help them develop a growth mindset, which is what they need to be successful human beings. Planning and achieving goals is greatly tied to inspiration. Initial inspiration is much easier to spark, but continuous inspiration is harder to sustain. This is why I encourage my students to create vision boards and tie this to the “One Word Project.” Below are some student examples and a free Buncee template you can use with your students. Check out more student examples here. I am also including a slide presentation (download as a free PDF) with tips about helping students set and achieve goals and benchmark their progress. You can read more about student vision boards in my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching.
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Web Tools & Resources for Creating Vision Boards and Setting Goals
My students used Buncee to create their vision boards, but below are some other free web tools and apps I recommend.
- Google Slides and Google Draw are other options. You could easily use this Buncee template in Google Slides.
- Genial.ly is a free web tool for creating interactive visuals, including infographics, presentations, interactive slideshows and so much more.
- Canva– web tool and iPad app with a free library of stock images, stickers, and graphics.
- EduGlogster– web tool and app that allows students to combine their own images, graphics, audio, video and text to create a multimedia scrapbook.
- Smore– web tool to create digital flyers with videos, icons, and images. Some teachers have used this web tool to create infographics.
- Pic-Collage– iOS/Android app for creating visual collages that can include video. Also, find a library of stickers, frames, and templates.
- VisionBoard.cc– Chrome extension to create a vision board and set it as a homepage.
- Padlet and LinoIt are other ways to create a vision board or set goals with learners. Check out this example of my class goals here and an inspiration board here!
- Pinterest– free and popular curation web tool, iOS/Android app, and bookmarklet to easily pin inspiring posts, documents, videos, and images to a board.
- Free 2018 Year in Review Handout for Children!
Challenge: Help your students set and achieve academic and personal goals.
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