Self-authoring could help our learners set realistic goals when it comes to exam preparation, it also gives them a guide throughout the course, an anchor when trial times arrive and a sense of purpose.
Possible class outline: Self-authoring.
- Introduce the concept of self-authoring, explaining that it's a process of reflecting on one's past, present, and future to gain clarity and direction in life.
- Jordan Peterson and Self-Authoring: Briefly introduce Jordan Peterson as a psychologist and his work on self-authoring. Highlight the benefits of self-authoring, such as increased self-awareness and goal achievement.
Exploring the past:
- Self-Reflective Activity: Distribute a worksheet or digital platform where students can write down significant events, achievements, challenges, and lessons from their past. Encourage them to reflect on how these experiences have shaped them.
- Pair Discussion: Have students pair up to discuss one important event from their past with their partner. Encourage them to share the impact of this event on their development.
Defining the present:
- Present Self-Reflection: Ask students to jot down their current strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations. Discuss the idea that self-awareness is essential for personal growth.
Mapping the future: (You can narrow this broad topic by just asking students to set their learning goals in your classroom.)
- Introduction to Future Self: Explain the concept of a "future self" – the person they aspire to become. Emphasize the role of setting clear goals and envisioning their desired future.
- Goal Setting Exercise: Have students list three specific goals they want to achieve in the next year, considering personal, academic, and professional aspects.
- Vision Statement: Instruct students to write a brief vision statement describing their ideal future self. Encourage them to use positive language and be detailed.
- Small Group Sharing: Divide students into small groups to share their future goals and vision statements. This encourages peer feedback and a sense of accountability.
- Whole-Class Discussion: Facilitate a brief discussion by asking volunteers to share their experiences, insights, and any challenges they encountered during the exercise.
- Homework: Assign students to continue working on their self-authoring process, refining their goals and vision statement. They can also explore more about Jordan Peterson's work if they're interested.