Personal and Collective Goals

Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 1 - 2 hours

Topic: Goal Setting, Growth Mindset

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12, 8, 9

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will showcase their personal and collective goals.

Know Before You Start: Students should understand the difference between a personal goal and a collective goal and have a personal goal in mind.


  • Ask students:
    • “What is something you’d like to accomplish?”
    • “What might be hindering you from achieving your goal?”
    • “How do I create a SMART goal?”
    • “What are the steps you would take in order to reach your goal?”
    • “What does success look like to you?”


  • Go over SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely) as a class.
  • As a class, complete a graphic organizer outlining a collective SMART goal you would like to achieve.
  • Have students complete the same graphic organizer outlining a personal goal they have.
  • Have students create a comic to display a potential challenge that could interrupt achieving either their personal or class goal.
  • Completed comics should showcase how the student will resolve the problem and stay on track with accomplishing their goal.


  • Have students share their comics in pairs.
  • Encourage students to act as accountability partners now that they know each other's goals and possible pitfalls that can happen along the way. It is important to check in on one another.
  • Point out how setting SMART goals allows you to clarify your ideas, use your time wisely, and evaluate your efforts. Writing actionable SMART goals helps us measure our progress and support us in achieving what we set out to do.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover to read their comics aloud.


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