Can you believe it’s that time of year again when we’re all looking forward to a fresh start? I’ve got something awesome to share with you – How to teach your students to create New Year’s Resolutions by choosing one word. It’s a great way to help our students kick off the year with a bang and set meaningful goals.
In this blog post, I’ll unveil a fun escape room and some super handy printables that will make creating and tracking the one-word resolution a breeze. So, grab your printer and get ready to print out some of these resources to empower your students with a fun and constructive way to develop new goals. It’s time to make resolutions stick and help our students thrive in the year ahead!
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Ready to throw out the old resolutions and try something that works? Try creating a one-word resolution for yourself and your students. This escape room is the perfect activity to add to your lesson plans at the start of the new year.
Before I begin, I want to let you know that all this information can be viewed or listened to in video format.
Why One Word for a New Year’s Resolution
Making resolutions is a time-honored tradition, and for many people, they may work! Resolutions typically require you to focus on what you don’t want or can’t have in your life. By choosing one word, you stay in tune with the root cause of the struggle. The one word allows you to make small daily decisions that can change things for you over time.
Here’s Why Choosing One Word Matters:
- Develops New Habits
- Creates Attainable Goals
- No Feelings of Failure
- Sense of Accountability
- Perfect Way to Stay Focused
Setting One Word New Year’s Resolution
Now, let’s get down to business. Setting One Word New Year’s resolutions doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It’s all about identifying what’s most important and creating a plan to achieve your goals. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to get you started:
The start of a new year can be hard, but this great activity can get everyone started on the right foot. This One Word Escape Room has four activities to help students or staff create personal goals for the semester. Share the Google Site with your staff or students. Everything is clickable and easy to access.
The first step is to reflect on the year and add the reflection in a Google Form. The questions allow the learner to reflect on what went well and what didn’t. Reflection and goal setting are amazing life skills that all students need to develop.
Create Your Perfect Day
Once you reflect on the past year and determine your successes and challenges, it’s time to think about what a perfect day would look like to improve the upcoming year.
In this fun activity, use a Jamboard to visualize a perfect day. Think about what you will do from when you wake up until you go to bed. Use pictures or draw what you are visualizing. You can find photos and label them right in Jamboard.
Set Your Intention
Now, it’s time to analyze your day. What are you noticing about your perfect day? Decide on your main goals for the upcoming year. Make sure students think about how to make the current year better.
For example, how can their hard work improve their grades? Brainstorm word ideas that relate to the bigger goal. I use an online puzzle you can put together with possible word choices.
Refine Your One-Word Resolution
Choose three words from your brainstorm and narrow it down to a one-word resolution. Make a plan of action that outlines how your one word helps you achieve your goal. While it’s great to dream big, setting realistic goals is also important. Setting goals that are too ambitious can be discouraging. So, balance your goals with what you can realistically achieve.
Once you’ve chosen, create something as a reminder of your word. Here are some options:
- Add a picture to the next slide in Jamboard.
- Write the word in a fun font using Google Slides.
- Use Google Drawing that students can create (this option is part of the escape room).
- Make it a hand-lettering piece and add it to your screen saver.
- Create a bulletin board with each student’s word and regularly check in on the progress. If students fall behind, spend time sharing ways to get back on track and not to be discouraged.
Examples of One-Word New Year Resolutions
Always get students to think of the root cause of the problem. Here are some examples of One Word New Year resolutions that you can consider:
Consistency: If you’re a student, setting a goal to get better grades in the upcoming year is a great idea. You can break it down into smaller goals like studying regularly, completing assignments on time, and seeking help when needed. Remember, students who consistently complete assignments are likelier to receive a better grade.
Persist: Learning something new can be a wonderful goal. The upcoming year is the perfect time to start, whether sports or new hobbies.
Active: If you want to lead a healthier life, setting a goal to be more active is an excellent way to start. You can aim to walk or engage in a physical activity regularly.
Connect: We all have some habits we’d like to break that can cause us to disconnect from others. Whether it’s too much screen time, procrastination, or unhealthy habits, connecting with people is always a great action plan.
One-Word New Year’s Resolutions Escape Room and Printables
Now, here’s where it gets even more exciting. You can use a New Year’s Resolutions printable to make your goal-setting a fun and structured process. There is also a digital version of the escape room. Here is what you get:
Printable Worksheets: These worksheets come in printable PDF file formats, perfect for personal use. You can find them here, print them out, and share them with your students.
Digital Versions: You can also use Google Sites or Google Slides for a digital version. You can do the activities using Google Forms and other digital tools. They’re perfect for those who prefer working online.
Clip Art and Graphics: The printables include fun clip art and graphics that make the goal-setting process more engaging.
Actionable Steps: The printables guide you through setting meaningful goals and breaking them down into actionable steps.
Setting New Year’s resolutions isn’t just about big goals, personal growth, and success. Whether you’re a student aiming for better grades or a teacher seeking to break bad habits, goal setting is a powerful tool for improving your life.
Personal Growth and Success
As the new year’s eve approaches, take some time to think about what you want to achieve in the coming months. Then, use the escape room to create a clear plan of action. It’s an excellent way to make positive, big, and small changes that can lead to a happy new year!
So, take a moment to reflect on your past year, set clear and meaningful goals for the upcoming one, and use this escape room as your trusty companion on your journey to success.
Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or anyone looking to make positive changes, this escape room is your secret weapon. So, decide your one-word, track progress, and celebrate achievements. Here’s to a fantastic year of growth, success, and joy. Happy New Year! Click the image below to check out the escape room.