"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.