Thursday, December 30, 2010
I resolve to resolve the problem of resolutions!
As New Year's quickly approaches many of us think about making resolutions.
As teachers or parents we often have our students or children create resolutions for themselves.
The problem: When thinking about our own resolutions we may realize they are often not attained or neglected by mid January. Why does this happen and why would I ask my students to create resolutions of their own when mine clearly are not followed? Resolutions are often not met because they are too general with little or not accountability.
The solution: Create resolutions that are SMART! Based on the way we set our goals at school, we should help our students create goals (or resolutions) that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Timely. SMART GOALS!
The reasoning: Creating goals that are specific insures better chances they will be met. Measuring goals along the way will not only show results, it will provide incentive. Generating goals that are attainable means a plan or action will be put in place. Smaller steps will help those goals become realistic. Keeping a log will help your goals be met in a timely fashion.
The following sites will help you as a parent (or teacher) when talking about resolutions or goals for your kids:
Goal Setting Kids: This website provides a pdf visual (a ladder to write the steps you will take to help reach your goal - see picture above) as well as a data sheet (for those who need less visuals).
eHealth Connection: This website provides Healthy New Year's Resolutions broken down by ages from Pre-Schoolers to kids 13 years old and up.
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals: This website provides more information on using the SMART idea for creating goals.
Hope you find these sites useful when planning your own, your child's or your student's goals as the New Year gets underway!
In the words of Oprah Winfrey: "Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right"