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December 21, 2009 Ringing in the New Year With Your Students By Beth Newingham
Grades 1–2, 3–5

    My New Year's Resolutions." It asks them to make two PERSONAL resolutions, two resolutions that involve FAMILY OR FRIENDS, and two resolutions that involve SCHOOL. Students share their top two resolutions with the class before we put them in our “Resolution Time Capsule” (see picture below). I decorate a shoebox with New Year’s Eve decorations and have each student ceremoniously place their resolutions into the box. I explain to the students that we will not open the box until the end of the year to see if we have accomplished our goals. When the end of the year comes around, students are given their resolutions from the box and are asked to write a reflective piece of writing about how far they have come or what things they might still need to work on. This is the final piece of writing that is placed in their third grade portfolio.

     

     

    Lauren In other years, I have had students use The Print Shop in our computer lab to create posters on which they type their resolutions (see picture below). This is nice because the final posters can be used to create a bulletin board in your classroom where students are reminded of their resolutions every day.

     

     

    How do you kick off the New Year with your students? Please share your ideas!!

     

     

     

    Stay Tuned: Topics for My Upcoming Posts

    When I return to blogging in 2010, here are some topics you can expect to read about:

    Movie-Making in the Classroom: Tips and Strategies for Success

    Establishing an Effective Classroom Economy

    To Typing Camp We Go: Making Keyboarding Instruction Fun

    Classroom Management in the Writing Workshop

     

    My New Year's Resolutions." It asks them to make two PERSONAL resolutions, two resolutions that involve FAMILY OR FRIENDS, and two resolutions that involve SCHOOL. Students share their top two resolutions with the class before we put them in our “Resolution Time Capsule” (see picture below). I decorate a shoebox with New Year’s Eve decorations and have each student ceremoniously place their resolutions into the box. I explain to the students that we will not open the box until the end of the year to see if we have accomplished our goals. When the end of the year comes around, students are given their resolutions from the box and are asked to write a reflective piece of writing about how far they have come or what things they might still need to work on. This is the final piece of writing that is placed in their third grade portfolio.

     

     

    Lauren In other years, I have had students use The Print Shop in our computer lab to create posters on which they type their resolutions (see picture below). This is nice because the final posters can be used to create a bulletin board in your classroom where students are reminded of their resolutions every day.

     

     

    How do you kick off the New Year with your students? Please share your ideas!!

     

     

     

    Stay Tuned: Topics for My Upcoming Posts

    When I return to blogging in 2010, here are some topics you can expect to read about:

    Movie-Making in the Classroom: Tips and Strategies for Success

    Establishing an Effective Classroom Economy

    To Typing Camp We Go: Making Keyboarding Instruction Fun

    Classroom Management in the Writing Workshop

     

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