Do you like to have students working on goal-setting lessons?
Have you planned out what are you teaching your first day or week back after the winter break?
I love having students reflect on the previous year and set goals for the new year. It is a great way to get students back into learning mode without starting right away on a challenging new lesson. To help students work on their reflections and goals, I created a free new year’s goal-setting lesson for middle school students.
Goal Setting Lesson Overview
- In the lesson, students get some New Year’s resolution ideas from Simon’s Cat. Then they take these ideas and brainstorm using a graphic organizer how to make the ideas work for them.
- After they will watch a video about new year’s resolutions and learn ways that help people improve their chances of sticking with their resolutions.
- Then students work in groups with their peers to reflect on their academic challenges and success of the previous year.
- They use the information discussed in the brainstorming discussion to create a list of things that worked well for them and things they can improve on for the new year.
- At the end of the lesson, students will write out a new year’s wish that can be displayed in class or on a bulletin board.
- If time permits, have students create a digital or print vision board for the new year.
This goal-setting lesson comes in both PDF and digital formats.