Ah, January.  A time for new beginnings.  I love the idea that in the school year, we have two beginnings: one in September and one in January.  January always seems like a great time to take a look at how far we’ve come over the past few months, see where we need to go, and reassess how we are going to get there.  I like to do this for myself and I like to present this idea and opportunity to my students as well in the form of reschoolutions.

On the day we get back from our holiday break, I have students reflect on how far they’ve come so far this year and then create their own reschoolutions – goals for themselves to improve and achieve for the next months of school.

documentPlease feel free to download the paper I use.  After the students have brainstormed ideas and chosen the one they want to mostly focus on, they rewrite that goal on the bottom half of the paper and create an illustration to accompany it.  They then trim off the top and mount the paper for their final copy.


Enjoy and let me know how it goes with your students.


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Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
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