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Date: Fri Aug 05 2005 - 13:21:03 EDT

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Marie Cora wrote:  What does your goal setting process look like?

The best goal setting I ever saw was by one of my adult ed. teachers 
named Martha Hyland.  Martha didn't just talk about how to set goals, 
she demonstrated her ideas with a toy basketball hoop and balls.  She 
asked for a volunteer who liked basketball and put them a few feet from 
the hoop and asked if they could make a basket.  When they assured her 
they could she gave them a ball too big to go through the hoop and 
talked about some goals being too big.  Then she gave them the correct 
size ball and had them stand right in front of the hoop almost touching 
it and shoot.  They just placed the ball in and she asked them how much 
of a sense of accomplishment they felt and talked about some goals being 
too small.  Then she asked them to stand pretty far away and try.  They 
found this was too far, but she let them move up to where they felt 
comfortable and practice and slowly move back, practicing as they went, 
until they reached the spot they started and could make a basket.  She 
talked about breaking a goal into meaningful short term goals.  Then she 
asked someone to play guard.  Eventually the shooter got past and made a 
basket.  She asked why it was hard and the shooter said "because 
so-and-so was in the way".  Martha asked "how did you make the goal" and 
was told "I went around her".  Then Martha talked about barriers and 
going around them.  Whenever those students talked about goals after 
that they refered to the basketball examples and they remembered. 

Jane Meyer
Canton, Ohio ABLE


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