Accountability: Value of Journaling (Class #15)

Straight-A Guide Job Training Program

Lesson #15: Accountability

Value of Journaling

Materials Required:

  • Classroom space
  • Sufficient number of chairs with writing surface
  • Blank sheets of paper for each participant 

Introduce Lesson #15 (5 minutes):

  • Describe the process of journaling and explain why active journaling can advance an individual’s prospects for success.

First steps (10 minutes):

  • Take roll of participants.
  • Facilitator shows his journal. An individual enhances his credibility when he lives openly and transparently, always working toward the goals that he sets for himself. Individuals who make a commitment to living authentic lives journal routinely, always inviting the world to hold them accountable.

Goals and Objectives (5 minutes):

  • Facilitator informs the class that his goal for the day is to make a solid case for journaling. He will challenge each participant to journal each day through the remainder of the course. The facilitator explains that when individuals live in this transparent way, they become more deliberate, more skillful at seizing opportunities.

Expected Learning Outcomes (5 minutes):

  • Facilitator expects each participant to make the connection between active journaling and purpose-driven living habits. Further, the facilitator expects that participants will learn how to use their journals in ways that enhance their prospects for success on the job.

 Preliminary introduction (5 minutes):

  • Facilitator presents link to MichaelSantos.com. He clicks onto daily journal and discusses the values by which Michael professes to live. Then the facilitator clicks onto the link of the daily log. He shows how Michael documents every day and how the actions Michael records lead to new opportunities.

Direct Instruction (10 minutes):

  • Facilitator narrates how he would journal for the previous day. Using the daily logs available on the MichaelSantos.com website as a template, the facilitator tells the group how journaling doesn’t require anything more than for individuals to record their daily activities. The purpose of the journal is to show others that great care and thought goes behind each action, and that all actions relate to the values by which we profess to live.

Guided Practice (20 minutes):

  • Facilitator uses overhead projector to highlight Michael’s daily journal.
  • Facilitator asks participants to write at least five sentences that detail the progress they made yesterday.
  • Facilitator calls upon participants to discuss.
  • Facilitator opens discussion with class to assess how activities relate to values.