New Year Resolutions
At the beginning of each New Year, I discuss “resolutions” with my language arts classes. We talk about the benefits of making long-term goals, and the advantages of planning and documenting them. I provide them with some official-looking paper, and they write down their goals (in ink, of course!) for the New Year and then sign them with their full name.
In past years, I collected the papers and returned them during the last week of school. They are good for reflection and for noting progress made. This year I think I am going to keep them in their portfolios. I have used paper that has the appearance of “rolled scroll” and also “aged-looking” paper, but the importance comes from the seriousness of the lesson.