New Year, Fresh Start: 4 Classroom Reset Ideas & A Free Download
Happy New Year, Teachers! I hope you and your students had a fantastic break filled with joy, laughter, and maybe a few too many holiday cookies!
Now that we’re back in action, it’s the perfect time for a Classroom Reset to ensure a smooth transition into the new year. I’ve got a FREE booklet linked in this post with everything you need to bring this blog post to life and start the year off on the right foot.
Here are four simple and effective ideas to reset your classroom and set the stage for a successful second half of the school year:
- Set New Year’s Resolutions: Let’s kick off the year with positive vibes! Gather your students and set some exciting New Year’s resolutions together. To add a sprinkle of fun, consider throwing a New Year’s party using leftover decorations or affordable finds from the Dollar Tree. Inside the special booklet I’m offering in this post, you’ll find a handy goal-setting sheet to guide your students through this empowering activity.
2. Review Expectations: We know it might not be the flashiest step, but it’s undeniably crucial! Take the time to review classroom expectations to start the new year on the right foot. Don’t be afraid to explicitly highlight growth points from before the break, whether it’s improved hallway behavior or maintaining a tidy classroom. In the booklet I’m sharing here, you’ll find simple lesson steps to help you navigate this process and guide your students in reflecting on expectations.
3. Give Students Time to Talk: The best part of being back? Hearing all the amazing stories your students have to share about their holiday adventures! Build in some time in the morning for them to catch up with friends and share their exciting experiences. You can even make it a bit more interactive by trying a speed dating-style activity with rotating peer partners and discussion questions. Inside the booklet, find discussion cards to facilitate these conversations effortlessly
4. Host a Classroom Meeting: After a few weeks apart, reignite that sense of community with a special classroom meeting. It’s the perfect opportunity to integrate tips from steps 1 and 2 seamlessly. Inside the booklet, you’ll discover a class meeting agenda that makes organizing this gathering a breeze. And for those looking to enhance their class meetings, check out my store for community-building slides designed just for this purpose. (I’ve also liked this inside the booklet.)
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Here’s to an amazing year ahead filled with learning, growth, and lots of classroom fun! 🌟