When my Montessori elementary class returns from winter break, we usually begin the new year by discussing the tradition of making resolutions. Together, we talk about what a New Year’s resolution is, what it means to set goals, and whether the students set goals with their families. As a group, we set resolutions for our classroom, determining the goals we should all work on. Students are also invited to set individual goals.
Some years, we have focused our resolutions on developing leadership within the class and the school as a whole. We begin by brainstorming what it means to be a good leader. I then invite the students to make a group poster, outlining what leadership means to them. Working on a canvas or on poster paper, the students take turns writing their statements and decorating them. When they are finished, they all sign their names on the poster as a commitment to becoming leaders. The posters differ each year with each new group of students, but the heart of the message is always similar.
As LEADERS, we will:
The beginning of January is a wonderful time for students to reflect on their efforts and their progress as individuals and as a class. It is also a good time for them to set goals for what they would like to improve and for what they would like to achieve during the rest of the year.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Monday, December 21, 2015.