The World Starts With Me

Your Future, Dreams and Plans

Learning Objectives

Today, we focus on the students' future, dreams and plans. In the previous lessons, students have learned about many different aspects relating to their personal well-being and issues of sexual health. Now is the time to focus on the future and how all these issues come together in a practical way.

Students do three exercises. The first exercise is to remind themselves of their strengths and weaknesses, the second is about setting goals, and the third is to complete their Me 'n My World Map by adding their dreams. The lesson ends with a Standing Ovation.  

Aims

  • Students start thinking about the future and feel empowered in being able and allowed to have dreams and make plans
  • Students learn how to achieve their goals their goals in a practical way
  • Students identify those who will help to make their dreams come true by filling in their Me 'n My World Map

Learning Objectives

Students can:
Knowledge

  • state that every person has the right to dream of a bright future and to build up a good life
  • state that they have the right to get support from other people to realize their goals
  • state that all people are different, that nobody is perfect, but that everybody has something to be proud of
  • describe their dream of the future and explain a plan of action to realize this dream
  • list two physical, personal and social strengths, specify two ways of improving themselves and explain that the
    choices they make now have a big impact on their future
  • explain that, to a large extent, it is up to themselves to make their dreams come true
  • explain that they need a plan of action to make their dreams come true

Skills

  • indicate, in an action plan, which goal can be achieved in what way and with whose support
  • provide a scenario for requesting assistance of people who can help in achieving their own goals
  • envisage themselves in the future and how they would like to live
  • distinguish between what they can and cannot control

Attitude

  • show they are proud of their characteristics and strong points and show awareness of their points for improvement
  • respect other people who have different characters, their own strong points and their own points for improvement
  • emphasize that it is important to have dreams for the future, even if it will take a lot of effort and strength to achieve them
  • show motivation to support other people in achieving their dreams and to support them in achieving these dreams

Computer, design and creative skills

  • present something to a group
  • use an MS Word template to describe personal positive qualities
  • use an MS Word template to plan future objectives
  • use MS PowerPoint to expand Me 'n My World
  • insert auto shapes and colour them in MS PowerPoint
Lesson Outline


Reflect

1. Warming Up - I am (5 mins)
2. Lets focus on my positive points (30 mins)
3. Setting goals (20 mins)
4. Me 'n my world II (30 mins)
5. Conclusion - Standing Ovation and homework (5 mins)

Reflect

Ask a few students to tell something about their reflection activities from the previous lesson.

Warming Up 

I am .... (5 mins)

Aim

  • Students exercise presentation skills
  • Students overcome shyness

How

The group is seated on a line of chairs with a wide-open space in front of them. This wide-open space becomes a stage. Each student in turn must go to the side of the stage and then walk to the centre of the stage while being observed by their fellow students sitting in front of them. When they reach the centre, they must stop and face their audience, make eye contact with them and then say in a loud voice 'MY NAME IS…', pause and then exit the stage.

Tip

Say some small words of encouragement to the students, especially those who are shy. Remind them that standing up before a group is a nerve-racking experience for most people. The students will be braver for succeeding. If you have extra time, you could have every student go a second time and add a positive aspect of themselves, saying, for example: 'I am good at …' Now that the students have loosened up, they might perform better.

Do


Talk


Let's Focus on my Positive Points (30 mins)

Aim

  • Students identify their own characteristics and are proud of them
  • Students identify changes they themselves have to make to improve themselves

How

Step 1

Explain that, in order to have a good and healthy life, students should first of all be able to identify their strengths. Give each student one printed exercise file and ask them to fill in the blanks. Or students can fill them in directly on the screen.

Step 2
Ask some students to present their positive points to the group.

Tip
Here are some questions you could ask students who are presenting:

  • how does it feel to think about personal qualities you are pleased with?
  • how does it feel to talk about personal qualities you are pleased with?
  • what do you think of other people when they talk about personal qualities they are pleased with?
  • do you know someone who is perfect, without any weaknesses?


Optional

Draw conclusions, such as:

  • we differ from person to person, but all of us have something to be proud of and be pleased with
  • it is nice to be self-confident, have self-respect, and not to feel timid or inferior
  • the important thing is to know how to develop our strengths and overcome our weaknesses so we can improve ourselves
  • we should also respect other people: other people may have different characters but all of them certainly have interesting aspects to be proud of

 

 Talk

Setting goals (20 mins)

Aims

  • Students practice setting goals
  • Students get a sense of planning and realizing goals

How

Step 1

Ask all students to pick a goal; this can be a short-term, mid-term or long-term goal. The students then develop a plan to achieve this goal. Use the file for this exercise which you can find in tools section.
Step 2

Some students are invited to present their goal to the group; other students can ask questions, comment and propose additional ideas.

Step 3

Discuss and summarize all the goal-setting steps and emphasize

  • you have the right to dream of a bright future and plan to build up a good life. You have the right to realize your goals!
  • you have the right to receive support and assistance from family, friends, peers, the community, local authorities and social organizations to realize your goals
  • in order to realize your goals, you should:
    • set up a plan for a specific period of time
    • identify the advantages, constraints and solutions to overcome the difficulties you anticipate
    • identify those who can provide you with support and assistance
    • commit to realizing your goals and know how to get support and assistance from responsible people

 

 Do

Me 'n My World - part II (on the computer) (30 mins)


or

Aims

  • Students complete their Me 'n My World Map by adding their dream of the future
  • Students identify the people around them who will support them in achieving their dreams or who might stand
    in their way

How

See guidelines under Tools


 Talk

Closing - Standing Ovation (5 mins)


Step 1

Invite everyone to stand up, spread out and sing a song of your or their choice together.

Step 2

When you get toward the end, tell the students to give themselves a standing ovation for everything they have done and achieved in these classes.

Step 3

After they have been clapping for the whole group, ask the students to go around the room and shake hands with the other students to congratulate them on having done so well. Remind students that, in some ways, this is just the beginning, as they now also have a responsibility for sharing their knowledge in the community. The next session is about peer education and the last lesson is on preparing an exhibition, in which students will present their work to their community.


Homework

Students have set a goal for themselves and have identified which difficulties they foresee and who they can ask for help. In the time before the next lesson, students can:

  • spot opportunities to realize their goal in the next few days
  • request the assistance of someone they mentioned as a possible source of help to assist them in achieving this goal

 

Tools, Games & Materials

 Guidelines for making Me 'n My World II
You are going to add some elements to your Me 'n My World Map, which you produced in lesson 4. Add your dream of the future, then add star signs to the people who will help you achieve your dream. Then add thunder signs beside the people who might hinder you. This will complete your Me 'n My World Map.

Step 1

Look at the example for this lesson to give you an idea how to make it.

Step 2

Open the Me 'n My World PowerPoint file you produced in lesson 4.

Step 3
'Insert' then 'Picture', 'Autoshapes', then choose one big star and place your dream of the future in this star. Place the star in the top right-hand corner.

Step 4
Add stars to the people who will help you achieve this dream. 'Insert' then 'Picture', 'Autoshapes', then choose 'star and banners', then select your preferred star.

Step 5
Add thunder signs to the people who might obstruct your path. 'Insert' then 'Picture', 'Autoshapes', then choose 'basic shapes', then select the thunder sign. Don't forget to save!

 

Examples



Me 'n My World II

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positive points

Example of the Let's focus on my positive points exercise







 

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