New Year, New Goals

“Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

In the midst of people making their new years resolutions, I returned to work refreshed and excited to begin the second half of the year with my kiddos.  I myself did not make any “new years resolutions,” rather I’ve committed myself to my 30 things before I’m 30 list.  However, I think the idea behind new years resolutions is a good one, and I wanted to pass it on to my kiddos.

This was an idea that randomly came to me during my “back to school insomnia” the first week back.  I have to credit my cousin Shelley, because I think she does something similar with her high school students at the beginning of the school year.

I had each of my students make 3 resolutions for the second half of 5th grade.  Each student wrote three resolutions on an index card: one for school, one for home, and one choice.

Then, I had the students place the card in an envelope and seal it.

The students put their name on the envelope, and then I hung it on a wall in my room.  The idea is that no one knows what’s inside the envelope except them.  (I didn’t peek, swear!)

I told the kids that every time they see it, they should reflect on their commitment to the goals.  On the last day of school, I am going to hand back the envelopes to the kids so they can again be reminded of what they hoped to accomplish.


One thought on “New Year, New Goals

  1. LOVE this idea, remember when we did this at the New Year's Eve service we went to years ago? I love January, it's a fresh slate to begin anew with adventures and risk taking.

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