Sunday, January 5, 2020

Hello 2020!

Hello, 2020! Not only do we get a new year, we get a new decade! That calls for real pants, alarm clocks, and answering no to Netflix's question, "Are you still watching?" at 2:00am! I want to share some ideas for the first day back from winter break. I have found over the years, it is better to ease the kids back in to the swing of things with new year activities. It has been great for me too! You could use this time to do community building, refresh procedures, and set goals for the new year. 

My favorite activity to kick off the new year is having students create VISION BOARDS for their new year. I keep it simple with a page in their interactive notebooks. Having it in their notebooks allows them to see it often, basically flipping past it every day. 

Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. For my students, we focus on how they want to feel, not just things they want and goals. Material stuff is fine but the more the board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life. For example, I have OPI nail polish on mine, not because I want to own every color of every collection, but because painting my nails is my self-care and makes me feel good!   

Students always ask what they should put on their vision board. I answer with anything that inspires and motivates you! The goal of our vision boards is to bring everything on it to life. I encourage them to consider goals in school and outside of school. 

I put on the music and bring out all the old magazines, scissors, and glue and they pour over them finding just the right piece for their vision board collage. They take snippets of letters, words, and photographs from the magazines and glue them in. It is relaxing, we are able to reconnect after winter break, and ease our way back in, while setting goals and talking about our vision! Some have more flair than others!

Vision Boards could also be done digitally using Google Draw or Adobe Spark. Either way, they are a great way to welcome the New Year! Happy 2020!

Vision Board Instructable
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