Vision boards are a great tool to use at the start of the school year when students are setting their intentions for what is to come. Of course, teachers have goals for students in terms of target grades but it is important for students to take ownership of their own goals too and really reflect on what they are hoping to accomplish during the year. Think of these vision boards as a more reflective extension or development of that old favourite activity – the subject related inner front cover in the folder or exercise book.
All that is needed is a pile of magazines or newspaper, scissors, glue, paper and a dash of creativity.
Encourage your students to select words, images or slices of colour that convey their thoughts in response to a selection of the following questions and then put them together into a collage. *If they have access to a digital device, many students also enjoy using apps such as Pic Collage or Canva to develop a vision board.
- What are you hoping to accomplish this year?
- How do you want to feel about your work in this subject at the end of the year?
- What are your feelings about this subject at the moment?
- What are you looking forward to the most?
- What are you looking forward to the least?
The most important thing with an activity like this is to give the students enough time and space to think and then work on their piece. Some students might find it helpful to jot down words and ideas before they begin but others would probably prefer to dive right in to explore their ideas through the collage.
This would be a great task to start in class and then have the students finish up at home. Finished pieces can either be placed into subject exercise books or folders or collected in by the teacher and then handed out at key points during the year to encourage students to reflect on their progress towards the goals they identified at the start of the year.
Incidentally I covered my teacher’s planner with the vision board below to help me remember my own goals so this might be something to try too. It definitely helps me to remember what I am striving for professionally!
Wisdom begins with wonder – Socrates