Reflecting and Looking Forward

Starting the New Semester With Your Students

January has traditionally been a time of both reflection and looking forward and setting goals. It is a good time for a reset in your classroom. Guide your students to reflect on their first semester and begin to look forward to the second semester. Students will benefit from reflecting on their own learning process. Making changes at this time of year and setting goals for next semester are very natural as the new year begins.

If your students set goals at the beginning of the year, now is a good time to reflect on what they were able to accomplish. These questions may help students to get started:

  1. What are the accomplishment(s) you are most proud of this year?
  2. What did you do that helped you to accomplish the things you are most proud of?

A new semester is a chance to start again–whether students had a great first semester or a difficult one. Writing down goals help them to happen. Periodically looking at those goals and making adjustments in behavior to help achieve these goals is important. Building in an opportunity for students to look at their goals once every month will make this ongoing and help to provide direction. Monitoring progress can be motivational and gives an opportunity to come up with a more detailed plan if needed to enable goals to be accomplished.

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