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ERIC Number: ED440434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-86552-143-3
Go for the Goal: The Dan O'Brien Goal-Setting Program. A Goal-Setting Program for Grades 3 to 6.
Stolp, Stephen; Stolp, Patricia
This booklet is a product of the Dan O'Brien Education Program, which was created in 1993 by the Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Educational Management. The program was designed to help young people gain the most from their education. It outlines five lessons for setting and achieving goals: (1) window of opportunity; (2) the value of a goal; (3) Dan's great goal guidelines; (4) writing goals; and (5) looking back. The lessons start by defining goals and how to set them. Additional lessons identify important short- and long-term goals and conclude with goal-setting exercises. Students are asked to set goals in three areas: physical fitness, academics, and citizenship/community. These can be short-or long-term goals; however, at least one short-term goal is recommended so that students can feel a sense of accomplishment. Each lesson is divided into five or more components. These include: purpose; materials/preparation; new information/activity; closure, which includes questions to stimulate action; extensions, which encourage students to recognize their achievements; and optional activities, such as organizing goal check-in groups and creating a group collage. Inspirational stories and a list of resources available from the Dan O'Brien Education Program are included. (RJM)
Dan O'Brien Education Program, ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 5207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5207. Tel: 541-346-5043, Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.