Once everyone returns from winter break, teachers will be asking students for their New Year’s Resolutions. New Year’s is the prime time for a fresh start and new goals. HOWEVER, I would encourage this “goal setting mentality” all year long.
In the beginning of the year, I ask my students what they want to accomplish this year, whether in school or their personal lives. I always receive answers like “I want straight A’s” or “I want to make Honor Roll.” Which is FANTASTIC, but I always explain to my students that this is a marathon not a sprint and it’s going to take dedication. I want my students to learn that if they want something in life, they have to work hard and not give up.
Ideas & Resources
When my students are talking about their goals for the year, I use either the SMART goal organizer or the Vision Board organizer.
Everyday students should be working towards their goal, but throughout the year we often get into a ‘flow’ and for some of our students old habits die HARD. Also working hard doesn’t come naturally to many of our kids. Unless their parents encourage and model this at home… then working hard isn’t habitual.
The Power List
That’s why I adopted Andy Frisella’s power list in my classroom! The power list is a list of 5 critical tasks that students need to get done that day. When they are all completed, students have “won the day.”
Now I know some of you are thinking…”whoa that’s a lot for our students to handle and a little too intense.” But is it really? We want our students to be SUCCESSFUL and completing tasks that are in line with our goal IS how you become successful. This creates a HABIT for our kids. GET THINGS DONE. I’ll give you an example using school only… (their list may include outside activities as well).
- Read for 15 minutes
- Study 20 minutes for social studies test on Friday
- Write down all my assignments for the week
- Complete vocabulary center
- Ask Miss. B for extra help on Inferencing
My students have their Power List velcroed to their desk. They write on it using dry erase markers so it can be used and reused all year! Another great option would be writing it in their homework planner!
Overall, the Power List is encouraging our students to take responsibility and increasing their productivity. My students feel SO PROUD once they’ve completed their list. I also encourage my students to pick tasks that challenge them. After all, it is about GROWING and IMPROVING. 😉
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