Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

It was a great break at the Hanks-Campbell house; all six kids were home together for the first time in three years. I actually love the chaos of it and cry like a baby when they return to their lives. I hope you were all able to relax and enjoy friends and family over the break as well.

As we return to school tomorrow (Jan. 3rd), this is a day of mixed emotion. We are ready to "take on" a new year, reflect on the last year and hope for the best year yet. Many people set resolutions or goals for the new year because it is a natural restart. Education is a goal setting machine. Learning is only obtained when foundations of basic content are solid so that new information can be connected and manipulated. Learning is a cycle of growth that we give 13 years of attention with each year as important as the next. This cycle requires goals or targets and if students don't set the goal the teacher, state or federal government will set it for us.

Consider challenging your students to set personal goals toward learning, remember OPA's WIGS (Wildly Important Goals) and know that each year is a chance to take responsibility for your own learning. Below are some links to articles about setting resolutions with kids:

Kids & Resolutions
http://www.pbs.org/parents/holidays/making-new-years-resolutions-child/

https://www.parents.com/holiday/new-years/resolution/8-ways-to-help-kids-make-new-years-resolutions/

Teens & Resolutions
https://www.familyeducation.com/7-new-years-resolutions-teens-can-make

https://www.theroadlesstraveled.com/blog/10-years-resolutions-teens-parents/

This Week's Events:

Jan. 3rd: Classes Resume on a regular schedule
Jan. 5th: Early Release 12:45, Dress Down Day ($1)



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