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08 Aug 2018
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Values and Goal-setting

If you just want the FREE Values activity and tutorial, skip the first 3 paragraphs. I won’t be offended. šŸ˜‰ BUT… if you would like a little more background to the activity, the next 3 paragraphs provide some context.

Context and Clarification to the Values and Goal-Setting Activities

I work at a High School so naturally college and career readiness skills are at the heart of what I do and at the forefront of my mind. The need for these skills blended with Social Emotional Learning skills was the reason I set out to write my first book, “Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future-Ready Skills for Secondary Students”. Flash forward a year or so, and I wanted to drill down into another section of college and career readiness skills that focused on self-management skills…which can be broken down into topics like stress-management, self-discipline, self-motivation, and goal-setting. These types of skills are at the heart of de-stressing and being successful in learning and in life. My second book (and much of my Instagram account) will focus on these timeless topics of goal-setting, time management, and reflection with practical tactics and will be released towards the end of 2018 via Dave Burgess publishing.

That being said… I also love deep dives into research. As such I like to read a variety of books from a variety of authors (if you are curious, I have a post on some of the ones I read in 2018 entitled “18 Books Everyone Should Read in 2018”).Ā Some write for an audience of educators and some write for CEO’s. Some books were brimming with productivity hacks and others are designed to provide strategies to achieve wellness in an unbalanced digital world. What I found so intriguing about all of these authors and topics is that each one started with values and goal-setting in some way or another no matter the audience.

Last school year, we adapted an exercise from this Taproot article and Ana Homayoun’s book “Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World”Ā (full disclosure… I got a pre-release copy of this book and had the opportunity to read it in depth. I highly recommend it and would not include it if I didn’t think it offered valuable insight and instructional best practices).Ā We had students essentially choose values that were important to them from the list offered and then put those values in categories with overarching themes. From there they could come up with a values statement (almost like a mission statement) or answer the question that was posed in Ana’s book, “How does your _____________ contribute to or hinder your ability to live up to the values you identified as personally important?ā€. Last year this was done in analog and I have been searching my brain and the edusphere for a way to do it digitally. I have been enamored with the idea of Poetry Magnets so at first I thought I would create this activity in Google Slides. The downside is that while it played beautifully in Google Slides on a computer, it was a nightmare using the app on the iPad. It wasn’t till the Apple Distinguished Educators workshop that I attended a few weeks ago (full blog post with links and resources from this event linked here) that I was able to find the solution. In one of the workshops, they used a Numbers document, the shapes and icons within the spreadsheet, and locked certain pieces of the document so others could move over them… much like you can do with a SMARTboard.

Explanation of Values Activity and Document

With this idea in mind, I sought out to revamp our values activity with Numbers. The document below was created in Numbers on my Mac AND can be opened on any device (iPhone, iPad, Mac, iMac) that has the FREE Numbers app. I originally posted the idea on my Facebook page to see if there would be an interest in a longer blog post and as there was… I hope this post and the video are helpful. Ā And I want to mention thatĀ the document is fully editable (once you unlock certain pieces of media) so feel free to use and adapt it as you see fit.

  • Link to Document: The Numbers document is linked here.
  • Tutorial: The video (just shy of 5 minutes) is embedded below and linked here for your convenience.
  • Student Uses: I would definitely encourage the use of an activity like this with students before a goal-setting activity. Student’s values should serve as the foundation to their personal and academic goals. If values are not at the foundation, the goals tend to fall by the wayside because they are not intrinsic to who they are and what they value. In the video I have also suggested some additional ideas for how the final visual value statement could be used and stored.
  • Curricular Uses: I absolutely love creative writing SO I wanted to mention that this activity could also be turned into a values audit for a historical figure or a literary figure.
  • It is Yours: My whole philosophy has been around creating, curating, and sharing practical purposeful ideas/recipes with a dash of whimsy that could be easily adapted. So as a reminder… the document is FREE to use and can easily be adapted for other purposes.

If you use this resource and/or adapt it for your students, I would love to hear from you. You can email meĀ techchef4u@gmail.comĀ or Tweet me @TechChef4u. šŸ˜‰

But Wait… There’s More…

If you are interested in some of the other activities and sessions we have created for students, I am linking a few more ideas and formats below: