My love for vision boards started a long time ago, though I’m not exactly sure when I started practicing the art of visualization. It might have been my gymnastics’ coach way back in 3rd grade who told me to “see yourself landing the perfect back handspring,” maybe my dad (the genius behind my pro con lists) who encouraged me to “visualize smacking that softball outta the park,” or maybe even my mom who would say “think positively about that big test and you’ll do positively on the big test.” Whomever it was, it stuck.
One of my favorite ways to harness the power of visualization is through a well-thought-out vision board. Don’t know what a vision board is? Don’t worry! Today, we’re going to talk about what a vision board is, how it can help you and your students, and how to make one quickly and easily.
What are vision boards?
A vision board is a visual representation of your personal goals that will help you focus on them and make gains toward achieving them every day of the year. This type of visualization is grounded in the Law of Attraction, the philosophy that you can will things to happen with your mind. We’re not talking about telekinesis here, but rather, the idea that the universe brings into your life what you focus on.
Whether or not you follow this philosophy, a vision board strategically created and placed somewhere you’ll see it every day will at the very least remind you of your goals. This strategy is a great idea to keep you focused on what’s important in your life, usually in terms of how you want feel, what you want to experience, and what you want to achieve.
How can teachers and students benefit from vision boards?
This is a great idea for both students and teachers especially at the turn of the new year. Whether your vision board is for the remainder of the school year or the entire calendar year, this type of goal setting is both valuable and fun. This makes it a great activity to do on your first day back from winter break. Plus, there is a beautiful deliverable at the end. When you’re done, the vision board can be printed and displayed somewhere you’ll see it every day. Another option is to save it as a image and use as the background on your computer or tablet. Surely, you’ll see it every day in that case!
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Instruct your students to brainstorm their big dreams for the year. This is an important step to ensure that their vision board is intentional and focused. In addition, it helps with the aesthetic planning too. They should write down yearly goals related to how they want to feel, what they want to accomplish, and what they want to experience. My advice is to *think big*! Because I know my students need a little more structure, I created a free digital vision board brainstorming template that you can use too! Sign up for my VIP resource library to access your free template.
Step 2: Once your students have completed the brainstorming activity, they should go to the blank page in the template document. For me, it’s really important to start with a blank “canvas” so to speak. I see the blank canvas as my life, and I love the idea that I get to design it. The template is sized so that it can be printed on normal page.
Step 3: In this blank slide, students can start to search for images based on what they brainstormed. They can search and insert images right in Google Slides. (Insert > Image > Search the web) If they want an image that doesn’t have a background, they should add “png” to their search. This will provide them with images that have transparent backgrounds.
Step 4: Now that they’ve added their images, they should add text boxes to display their inspiring quotes. (Insert > Text box) They can adjust the font, size, and color to fit their aesthetic.
Step 5: Once all of the images and text boxes are in the slide, students can use their own creative touch to crop, frame, and decorate. I like cropping images to a certain shape to add contrast. (Crop > Shape) They can also change the color of the slide to match their color scheme. (Change background > Color)
Tip: Use the order option to layer images in a unique way. (Right click on the image you want to move, then click on “Order.”)
Step 6: When students are pleased with the final product, they should print and display. My person favorite is the second option: set it as the background on their computer, Chromebook, or tablet.
Tip: If they need some inspiration, you can show them my example they can search vision board inspiration on Pinterest or Google. Check out my tutorial below to see how I made mine. You can even show your students this short video for inspiration.
I hope you and your students enjoy creating your own vision boards as much we do! May your new year be filled with goal focus and goal crushing!