In order to learn, students need to be motivated to put in work. Setting long-term goals and breaking them down into shorter, more immediate goals drives motivation. This 50-minute lesson prompts students to explore their personal passions and values as a basis for setting goals and getting motivated to achieve those goals.
- Identify personal values
- Recognize the role personal values play in students’ day-to-day lives
- Distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
- Apply motivation to academic behaviors
- Recognize the characteristics of SMART goals
- Create long-term goals
- Create short-term goals
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Sellers, D., Dochen, C. W., & Hodges, R. (2015). Academic transformation: The road to college success. Boston: Pearson, 130.
Van Blerkom, D. L. (2002). Orientation to college learning. Boston: Wadsworth/Thomson, 13-16.
Summary of actions
- (Slides explain the basic concepts covered in this lesson.)
- Introduce the concept of personal values and how they influence everything we think and do using the slides.
- Have students complete the Values Clarification exercise by reviewing the list of 90 values, circling values they find important, narrowing their list to their top 5 values, then ranking their top 5 values at the bottom of the sheet
- Discuss how students experienced the process of choosing their top five goals.
- Ask for examples of values showing up in students’ everyday life and major/career choice.
- Ask students to make a list of what motivates college students, in groups or as a class.
- Explain intrinsic and extrinsic motivation using this video.
- As a class, evaluate the generated list of motivations to see if more are intrinsic or extrinsic.
- Explain different goal types and SMART characteristics.
- Review examples of each goal type and SMART characteristics.
- Complete the Goal Mapping exercise page 1 and page 2.
- Ask students to swap Goal Mapping pages with a class mate to provide feedback, make suggestions, or give encouragement.
- Discuss the influence of values on motivation and the resulting goals.