Sunday, January 7, 2018

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year! The new year is always a great time to reflect back, set goals, and start fresh. I don’t like calling these goals “new year’s resolutions” because that always makes me think of a too-broad, well-meaning statement (I truly DO want to exercise more or cut out sugar!) that I forget about by February. Goals, on the other hand, are concrete and are set with a plan for success.
The new year is also the perfect time to focus on health. Students usually think solely of physical health and getting fit. However, health consists of three components: mental/emotional health, social/family health, and physical health. To develop a well-rounded person, we need to focus on each area. Have students develop a goal with a plan for each type of health. Social and emotional health is crucial to our children’s well-being!
There are 2 variations of the goal setting sheet: one is focused on health goals, the other is geared toward “school-based” goals. Feel free to use either. The goal sheet may be printed out & glue a student photo in the frame or click on the link in resource below to have students fill out digitally in Google sheets (I assign a copy to each student in Google Classroom).

Click HERE or on the cover below to download your FREE copy!
Want more on goal setting? Read about student portfolios HERE and taking goal setting to the next level with student-led conferences HERE.
Visit the blogs below for more great teaching ideas to start off the new year!

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for the freebie! I love that you help your students focus on the affective and not just academic. Self-monitoring and regulation are vital to a person's success in the real world. I wish we could teach together. I think we think alike!

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    1. Oh my goodness, Tracy, you read my mind!! I wish we could teach together, too!! I hope the New Year goal sheet is helpful!

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  2. Thanks so much for your freebie. So important to have the kids focus on goals that are more than just educational. Great tips.

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    1. You're so welcome, Deann. Yes, I agree, it's so important for our students to view themselves as a whole child, not just academics!

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  3. I love the idea of having students set goals for themselves. Thank you for this goal setting sheet. Great post!

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    1. You're welcome; I hope your kids love the goal setting sheet as much as my students did! The goals are much more meaningful when it comes directly from student reflection.

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  4. Thank you for your creative freebie. Goals are an important part of growing up. Your goal setting sheet is both student-friendly and classroom-friendly.

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    1. I agree, goal setting is an important life skill! Thanks, Marcy!

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