Okay, so you just finished the quarter a few days ago and planning your January lessons is the furthest thing from your mind! I thought the same thing for a minute, then I realized that when I’m relaxed, leisurely, and I don’t have to be planning anything, I get my most creative and inspiring ideas!
At the end of every year I like to spend a little time thinking about the blessings and goals of the last year, and what I want to focus on in the New Year. A lot of adults do this mentally, but then a few weeks into January we get overwhelmed by life and forget our good intentions! I think our students have the same experience. At the beginning of a new school year or quarter, we can be so excited to start off right and make progress. We soon remember that without a concrete plan, at least one or two goal statements or affirmations, our motivation and focus fizzles out quickly.
“At the same time, “goal-setting theory” holds that writing down concrete, specific goals and strategies can help people overcome obstacles and achieve.”