5 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Set Goals

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National Health Education Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health. One of the best ways to kick off the school year is with a unit on goal setting, since everyone returns fresh from summer vacation and ready for a strong new start. I particularly enjoy this unit because it’s

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The Blue Zones Project: Teaching Kids About Wellness Goals

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Blue Zones, made popular by the book series from author and National Geographic journalist Dan Buettner, are five areas around the world in which people are reported to live happier, longer lives. In honor of summer vacation, I decided to check out one of the healthy hot-spots — The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. The country’s slogan is “Pura Vida,”

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Olympic Goal Setters

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Hey 7th graders! You’re going to research a specific athlete from the Olympics or Paralympics who has inspired you through their goal-setting. Go online to find as much information as you can about their path to Rio, and answer the following questions. If you can’t think of an athlete, then focus on one from the

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Resources for the Goal Setting Project

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Hey 7th Graders! The time has come for you to pick a wellness goal for the semester and get into action. Pick something that you’d like to work on – physically, mentally, emotionally, or socially- and draft a plan. Remember to make it a SMART goal: S- Specific (you’ve got to see it to reach

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Inspirational Goal Setters

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We’re working on our goal setting unit in 7th grade Health, which means it’s time to find some inspirational goal setters. There are a ton of great examples out there, so we usually start each lesson out with a short video clip to get the discussion going. Then, it’s the student’s turn, as they find

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