Field Trip Teaching Kids to Have Effective Meetings

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Adults usually attend many meetings in the workplace and/or in the community. We have meetings to solve problems, to plan events, to get an update, etc. Sometimes meetings can be too long and unnecessary. Some supervisors in the workplace have meetings at the same day and time each week. These meetings can occur even if there is nothing on the agenda.

Meetings can occur in various places such as in the office, at someone’s home, or in a restaurant.

Why not teach our students how to have “EFFECTIVE” meetings that actually get things done? Try this activity below and see if your students can accomplish their goals in a meeting.

  1. Plan a field trip to a restaurant where students can hold their meeting.
    • This activity can also be done in a classroom.
  2. If easier, you can divide students into small groups.
  3. Give your students a task to accomplish in their meeting.
    • It could be planning a class field trip or picnic
    • Solving a class or school problem
  4. Give students the following tips to conduct an effective meeting.
    • Have an agenda set before the meeting.
    • Send agenda to attendees at least 30 minutes before meeting.
    • Have action items already outlined in agenda.
    • Give those who want to speak a time limit. (optional)
    • Set a time for the meeting (don’t go over meeting time).
  5. Observe and debrief how students conducted themselves in the meeting.
    • Did students accomplish their meeting goals?
    • Did everyone who spoke add value to the meeting?
    • Did students find the meeting helpful?
    • Did students find being in a restaurant distracting?
    • What did students learn during this activity?



Reaching Higher- Teaching Kids to Set Goals


New Year’s Day is coming soon and many people will be setting new goals. Ideally, goals should be set year round but this is a great time to address the topic.

A great way to teach kids about setting goals is to encourage them to think about what they want to achieve and create a project centered around it. 

On our website, in the Sample Lessons tab, you will see an activity called “SMART Goals.” This lesson explains the meaning of SMART goals and uses the “Making the Basket” game to apply the concept. The game encourages students to create goals and to take ownership in achieving it.

Kids can be taught goals in this same manner.

When students create their own goals, they have a stake in the project. However, they can also learn by achieving goals created by their teachers and school.

Below is a suggestion for addressing goals in your educational program and at home.

  1. Have a class meeting for students to create a goal.
    • Refer to our “Smart Goals” Sample Lesson for how to create and process a “SMART Goal.”
  2. Once the goal is created, break students into small groups to brainstorm how they will achieve the goal.
  3. Have each group present their ideas and vote on the best one.
    • For example, if students want to fundraise for a class trip, maybe they want to create a talent show and sell tickets to the community.
  4. Start planning how to achieve the goal.
  5. Execute the plan!