This is a great lesson and I love that you incorporate the pictures of the seniors. I'm commenting as part of the Ch. 7 Apathy vs. Passion assignment. For your lesson, I would make it EPIC by:
E - Experiential
I think you do a great job of making this an experience. Rather than just instructing about goals and having students fill out a survey, you are engaging them in creating something that they can use in the future. I think this would be a great activity to fall back on later in the year as you discuss different leadership traits. I would also allow students to continuously add to it as we finish units about leadership traits, that way they have a visual reminder of their vision and commitment to keep growing.P - Participatory (p. 127)
This is definitely participatory. You've got the students interacting with their knowledge and with each other. I think one way I could encourage students to participate more is instead of doing presentations in front of the class, they could present to their group. This allows them to get to know each other since it's the beginning of the year.I - Image-Rich (p. 128)
This activity is super visual, between the vision board itself and the images from the nursing home. I love the idea of having students put their goal for the year on their vision board, just like the people in the nursing home did. I would probably make that part of the requirements for the vision board. The activity also includes a video introduction which is a great way to engage students. I probably wouldn't have students read the whole article, but it's question and answer section provides a good way to get started. I would also create imagery of the question and answer part to help students connect with it more.
C - Connected (p. 129)
I thought of two options for adding some connected-ness to this activity. The first is to create communities out of students that have a similar goal (based on the nursing-home activity). These students can brainstorm ways to reach their goals with each other and serve as advocates for each other in the class. The second idea is to create communities of students who had similar elementary-school career goals from the guessing activity you have. Then, students can connect on how their paths have changed and what their goals are now. Both of these options help students to get to know each other and scaffold their first conversation to help them socialize comfortably.
Great lesson - I hope to use an idea like this in the fall!
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