The first semester is over, and the second semester is about to begin. Semester grades will be released next week, and each student will engage in a reflection process in HomeBase about work habits and students skills. This is a powerful moment for home and school to work together; please take time to have a thoughtful conversation with your child. Together, take a look at the grade report and consider questions such as: Which work habits are strong? Which ones might need to be strengthened? Which student skills are strong? Which ones might need some shoring up? How can you, as the adult, help support growth in these areas?
One of the beauties of second semester is the feeling of a fresh start. It is a time when goals can be set and new strategies put into place. As you and your child plan on how best to approach the second semester, help your child set realistic goals.
Here are some general tips on goal setting:
Tips on Goal Setting
- Be Specific – General goals are harder to achieve; it is better to narrow the scope and create specific goals. For example: I want to lose 10lbs, versus I want to get healthy.
- Achievable – Make sure as you choose a goal, that it’s something you can achieve. That doesn’t mean it has to be easy, but you don’t want to set yourself up for failure either.
- Make a Plan – Ask yourself, ” How am I going to achieve my goal?” It can be helpful to write down your goal and the steps you are going to take to achieve it.
- Give Yourself a Deadline – Nothing like a due date to keep you on track.
- Reward Yourself – There is nothing like self-satisfaction, but you should also remember to reward yourself for your hard work. Treat yourself to something special, whatever that may be.