Inspiring High School Students to Reach Goals
If we did the things we are capable of,
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discussing inspiring high school students to reach goals.Start with inspiration. Trying using inspirational quotes from famous people to create inspiration and momentum, and give some purpose to your lessons. For example, Michaelangelo who said, "If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn't call it genius." Or try a quote from Thomas Edison: "If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves." This gives high schoolers role models, and a sense of their own capability. You can also change it up once in awhile, and ask your students to bring in some of their own quotes from their own personal heroes.Help your students set goals for themselves. But make them a part for setting their own expectations. This builds self-sufficiency and learning. Plan out practical ways as to how these students can achieve these goals, and build in some specific ways that you, as the teacher, can help them reach them.For example, if their goal is to pass a certain test or quiz, perhaps you can gear them in a certain way that matches their own learning style. Or perhaps they have a long-term goal, such as passing the SATs with a good score, or getting into a specific college or university. You can help them along the way by proofreading their essay.Help your students think of a creative project to help them reach those goals. Perhaps it's a puzzle, a board game, or even a video game they create themselves, and their goal is right at the center of the game. As they create concrete steps to reach that goal, and as they reach each step, they advance in the game.Consider providing recognition when the students reach those goals that they have set. For example, spending some outside time during class, or getting extra credit points for an assignment, or public recognition. You can also inspire high school students by setting expectations for the entire class. This gets students to inspire one another to reach their individual goals, as well as the goals for the entire classroom.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.