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A New Year and Helping Your Students Set Healthy Goals

Happy New Year! At the start of the new year, most people set goals or make resolutions for themselves. Some people want to work out more or become more organized, while others want to learn new skills and try new experiences. 
Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

The idea of making and setting goals is one that we should implement into our middle and high school classrooms. Our students should get in the habit of always striving for self-improvement and planning to create the future they imagine for themselves. Below you will find various new year's goal setting activities (for January or the new school year) that will get your students planning and growing!

Vision Boards will Promote a Growth Mindset and Goal Setting all Year
by Danielle Knight

A hot topic in education now is growth mindset. We are trying to teach our children to never give up, to keep going despite the many hardships and setbacks they may face. Creating a vision board and displaying it somewhere that they can see it daily is an excellent reminder to help them stay focused on what they really want in life and to do whatever it takes to achieve it. They will be constantly reminded of why they are doing the things they do everyday and the pride and happiness that will come as a result.
Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

With my vision board workbook, students can work through it, describing attainable and reachable goals for their future, including intentions for the family, for school and themselves. The last four pages of the workbook turn into a poster that can be assembled and hung up on display. They can use a variety of magazines to cut out words, phrases, and images that reflect their personal goals. If you do not have access to magazines using the internet to find images works just as well...and there's no mess! This is a great activity for January or the new school year.

Want to hear more? Here is The Study All Knight Podcast episode on Vision Boards




Helping Students Self-Reflect 
by 2 Peas and a Dog 
With all of the excitement of the holiday season, students can start to forget all of the good habits they worked hard to develop. When school resumes back after the holiday break, I take time to review classroom expectations, routines and procedures as well as help my students set goals for the new year. I want my students to see the value of goal setting and reflection. I model this process under my document camera and use examples from my real life. Students need to see that being an adult does not mean perfection. We have things we need to work on too! Check out this New Year’s Goal Setting Activity that I am going to use with my students during our first week back at school. 


Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

Reminding Students to Think Positively 
by English, Oh My!
As students excitedly embark on Holiday break, teachers often hope their students come back to school refreshed, revived and excited. Because it is a new year and a fresh start for some, I find it important to review positive mindset and positive decision making. Sometimes as the year progresses, our students begin to lose their positive thinking, and this is a perfect time of year to review this! 

One of the first lessons I review with my students when they return from break is the difference between growth and a fixed mindset. I try to cultivate positive mindset in my classroom by displaying inspiring and motivational posters.  I constantly refer to these posters when I find my students (and myself!) are hard on themselves or have negative thoughts with their work or abilities.  Check out my Mindset Posters I have hanging in my classroom to inspire and encourage positive thinking! 

Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

Help your middle and high school students create and set personal goals for the new year and work on increasing their growth mindset through various classroom activities. English language arts teachers | grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 | English teachers | Secondary ELA | vision boards

Blended Learning in the Science Classroom



This is for all subjects in middle school and high school. My interview is with Kristina of Adventures in Istem. She explores how she sets up all of her stations in a middle school science classroom. I love blended learning classrooms and also add experiences and tips. The podcast also covers the stations model. Kristina shares relevant and easy to implement teaching strategies, tips, technology-infused classroom, inquiry process, differentiation.

Interview on Youtube https://youtu.be/lfv6Uf5vOFY



Check out this episode!

Why Teachers Should Create Vision Boards With Their Students

Ever find yourself daydreaming about the future, and all of the possibilities that are out there? Ever wish you could stay focused and make those dreams a reality? Vision boards are an amazing tool that helps keep you motivated and determined to make your future real. Teachers promoting a growth mindset will continue to encourage hard work and determination and the vision board supports the goals the student will strive for. Vision boards display words and images of what you want to get out of life. 



Vision boards are an amazing tool that helps keep you motivated and determined to make your future real. Teachers promoting a growth mindset will continue to encourage hard work and determination and the vision board supports the goals the student will strive for. Vision boards display words and images of what you want to get out of life. Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11, 12. Middle School. New Years activity, back to school, setting goals.

Everybody has their own idea of what they want their future to look like. These boards help you stay on track to make it happen. Everybody is inspired by something different, and that’s what makes vision boards so unique. They are personal to you and display everything that YOU desire for your future.

I have created a children’s version of a vision board. Children have wild imaginations and have high, unrealistic hopes for their future. The purpose of this vision board is to help them stay focused and motivated to achieve realistic goals for their future. Vision boards are not "dream boards"; their purpose is not to set their minds to something that is unattainable. Vision boards for children should be created for something that is could happen in their future. 

Vision boards are an amazing tool that helps keep you motivated and determined to make your future real. Teachers promoting a growth mindset will continue to encourage hard work and determination and the vision board supports the goals the student will strive for. Vision boards display words and images of what you want to get out of life. Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11, 12. Middle School. New Years activity, back to school, setting goals.

I love mind maps. In my research of effectively using vision boards, I realized two things. First, they are colorful, exciting, unique, and inspiring. Second, in a way, they are big mind maps. You are at the center and all the images around you are a part of your vision.

A hot topic in education now is growth mindset. We are trying to teach our children to never give up, to keep going despite the many hardships and setbacks they may face. Creating a vision board and displaying it somewhere that they can see it daily is an excellent reminder to help them stay focused on what they really want in life and to do whatever it takes to achieve it. They will be constantly reminded of why they are doing the things they do every day and the pride and happiness that will come as a result.
Vision boards are an amazing tool that helps keep you motivated and determined to make your future real. Teachers promoting a growth mindset will continue to encourage hard work and determination and the vision board supports the goals the student will strive for. Vision boards display words and images of what you want to get out of life. Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11, 12. Middle School. New Years activity, back to school, setting goals.
In the classroom, you can use the vision board many times during the year. Think about times when there are ‘new beginnings’ in the classroom. Do you start the school year in August or September? Do you end the school year in May or June? Or maybe you start a new semester in late January/early February? Create a vision board with your students at the beginning of the school year and reflect back on their goals throughout the year. Create a vision board at the end of the school year to create goals for the upcoming school year. Either way, students can use this tool to periodically check in to make sure they’re on the right path for the future they want.
Vision boards are an amazing tool that helps keep you motivated and determined to make your future real. Teachers promoting a growth mindset will continue to encourage hard work and determination and the vision board supports the goals the student will strive for. Vision boards display words and images of what you want to get out of life. Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11, 12. Middle School. New Years activity, back to school, setting goals.
Students can work through the vision board workbook, describing attainable and reachable goals for their future, including intentions for their family, for school and themselves. The last four pages of the workbook are four worksheets that the students will tear out and assemble to create the actual vision board. They can use a variety of magazines to cut out words, phrases, and images that reflect their personal goals. If your classroom has access to the internet your students can incorporate technology to find pictures. 

Enjoy!


Want to listen to my podcast on vision boards? Check it out!



Why Teachers Should Create a Virtual Open House

It’s the start of another school year. Your classroom looks perfect. Your bulletin boards look amazing. The desks are clean and your textbooks are all neatly stacked where they belong. You love your students this school year and are so excited to meet their parents and families, especially for them to see your classroom! This is the time to try a virtual open house. Read on to learn more! 

As you prepare for back to school, it's important to think about your open house. We all know how disheartening it can be to have few (or no!) parents and families show. Try a virtual open house. Here are tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents & host a successful meet the teacher night. This professional development resource is great for all teachers. {Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade, elementary, middle school, high school}

Back to School Night finally comes and unfortunately, you only see five, maybe six families show up (I've experienced this). You are left feeling disappointed and sad. Your feelings are not about you. Your feelings of disappointment are a result of knowing your students' families missed out on what you had planned. Here is a solution. Teachers can easily create a Virtual Back to School Night - or virtual open house - to send to the families that were unable to attend.

PREPARATION


Back to School Night is usually held towards the end of the first month of school. Many districts also have a smaller event prior to the start of the year just to meet the staff and for students to find their way to the classroom, lockers, and points of interest in the school.

As you prepare for back to school, it's important to think about your open house. We all know how disheartening it can be to have few (or no!) parents and families show. Try a virtual open house. Here are tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents & host a successful meet the teacher night. This professional development resource is great for all teachers. {Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade, elementary, middle school, high school}

You will want to create your virtual open house video before the actual open house- maybe closer to the beginning of school. Why? Your classroom will still look perfectly put together and in place within the first few weeks.
  • Don’t record while students are there. 
  • You’ll want quiet and you don’t need distractions. 
  • After school hours are ideal. Less stress.  

VIDEO

You don’t need any fancy recording device. Your phone or tablet’s video app works perfectly. If you want a different app, iMovie™ works well too. Find a friend or colleague who is willing to record you. Or if you feel uncomfortable about being watched and wish to record yourself, you can set up a tripod or even use one of those crazy selfie-sticks! Weird, yes, but effective.

WHAT YOU’LL RECORD


Now that you have your classroom set up, your outfit picked out and your video recorder set up perfectly, it's time to record! 

As you prepare for back to school, it's important to think about your open house. We all know how disheartening it can be to have few (or no!) parents and families show. Try a virtual open house. Here are tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents & host a successful meet the teacher night. This professional development resource is great for all teachers. {Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade, elementary, middle school, high school}

Here is a quick checklist of items you’ll want to cover in your virtual open house:
  1. Introduction (about you and how to contact you)
  2. The specifics of your syllabus
  3. Grading policy
  4. Classroom management procedures
  5. Tour of the classroom:
  • Seating
  • Where absent work can be found
  • Classroom library
  • Bulletin boards
  • Student work
  • Explain the course
Danielle Knight talks about how teachers hosting a successful open house means teacher-parent communication.You can easily create a Virtual Back to School Night. Learn some tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents and host a successful meet the teacher night. New teachers will find this professional development resource helpful. All subjects. Administrators will love this! Grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, grade 8, grade 9, grade 10, grade 11, grade 12



Take a video tour of your classroom. Pan around your classroom to show families your classroom bulletin boards. Open the shades, blinds, or curtains to bring in outside light. If you do not have windows, make sure your lights are on while filming.

Take a video tour of your classroom. Pan around your classroom to show families your classroom bulletin boards. Tip- open the shades, blinds, or curtains to bring in outside light. If you do not have windows, make sure your lights are on while filming. 

As you prepare for back to school, it's important to think about your open house. We all know how disheartening it can be to have few (or no!) parents and families show. Try a virtual open house. Here are tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents & host a successful meet the teacher night. This professional development resource is great for all teachers. {Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade, elementary, middle school, high school}

Explain and show parents where and how assignments are turned in.

How does it sound so far? Sounds good to me. Time to start! 

Want to learn more helpful tips on how to pull this off? This can be done in ten minutes. I have the answers for teachers in an easy-to-follow visual tutorial and step-by-step video loaded with reminders, pictures, and ways you can reach the families of your students. 


Video PD: Teachers hosting a successful open house means teacher-parent communication.You can easily create a Virtual Back to School Night. Learn some tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents and host a successful meet the teacher night. New teachers will find this professional development resource helpful. All subjects. Administrators will love this! Grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, grade 8, grade 9, grade 10, grade 11, grade 12

As you prepare for back to school, it's important to think about your open house. We all know how disheartening it can be to have few (or no!) parents and families show. Try a virtual open house. Here are tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents & host a successful meet the teacher night. This professional development resource is great for all teachers. {Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade, elementary, middle school, high school}
Easy to follow guide teachers can print or refer to on their device. 

Back to School Night is a teacher's first impression and the whole point of the night is to give your best. Be prepared!

Your school community's engagements and connections will go to the next level if you explore the use of video as a way of communicating with families. I hope you give it a try! Your virtual open house will be a hit.

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