New year, new you! This is an exciting concept to discuss as we return to the classroom after a long and hopefully relaxing break. Turning over a new leaf is appealing to adults and kids alike; however, this concept can be rather abstract for our younger learners.
Goal-setting in the primary classroom is becoming increasingly important as we equip our students with tools to become independent problem-solvers, 21st century thinkers, and future leaders; but, like resolutions, this is a broad, complicated concept for our kids.
I had an epiphany last year when I introduced the more/less format to my students during our discussion of goals and resolutions. Together, we brainstormed activities and habits that would be beneficial to practice MORE, and things that we would benefit from by doing LESS. For example: more exercising, less television. More reading, less video games. You get the idea!
Once our classroom discussion was completed, each student made a T-Chart on a small dry erase board. Students took time to reflect independently on ideas they valued as needing more of and less of in their lives.
Finally, these drops of wisdom were transferred to a simple More/Less paper. To brighten things up, students also decorated a party hat using materials I had on hand (puffy paint, markers…and glitter). This made it a bit messier, but our papers really popped in the hallway display. You can see for yourself below!