My Life As a Book

Standard A:  The students will acquire skills to investigate the world of work in relation with the self-knowledge and skills of making decisions about the career

Standard B: The students will implement strategies to successfully accomplish and satisfy their professional goals

Standard C: The students will understand the relationship between personal characteristics, education, professional training and the world of work.

Goal: The students will see the themes or patterns from their lives and they will be stimulated to reflect on future "stories".

Objective: The students will identify activities that they consider meaningful and they will discuss ways to get to know them better. The students will identify goals they would like to achieve.

Materials:  writing instruments

Introduction: Explain to the students that a person's professional career is like a story. Each story has a start, a middle and an ending part. Every person can have an active role in writing their own stories or autobiographies. Students should think about their lives as books. Just as there are happy stories and sad stories, we can try to write the type of stories we would like about our own lives. By understanding our life story as we have lived so far, each of us can decide if he wants to continue in the same direction or to make changes. By reflecting on the direction we would like to take our lives, we can set goals for the future.

Activities: Ask the students to think of their lives as books. They should name their lives according to how they have lived up to this point (eg "Baseball Player", "Dancer", "The Future Bill Gates"). Then ask the students to share in chapters the life they have experienced so far. Chapters may reflect stages of development (eg early childhood, pre-school age, primary classes, gymnasium) and/or may reflect important life events (homeleaving,  parental divorce,  brother's birth). Encourage the students to put titles in their chapters. Then ask the students to think about their future. How do they want these chapters to be? What goals can they specify in their future chapters?

Discussion: The students can talk about the life they have lived so far and show the others the titles that the chapters of their books have. They can also discuss what future chapters they would like to live. In analyzing future chapters, the students can identify goals they would like to achieve, and the group can contribute to each pupil's search for goals-making strategies.

Conclusion: Tell the students that each of them can take an active role in writing their own destiny. Our past can help us make decisions about what we want to achieve in the future. By defining how we want our future to look, we can identify goals that we strive to achieve. At this time, we can also start developing a plan to reach our goals.

Necessary time: 60 – 90 minutes

Evaluation/Working task: At the end of the activity, students should be able to specify two or three goals they would like to achieve in their lives, and the strategies they can use to achieve their goals.