Celebrating the New Year!

One thing I love about teaching is the fact that we get 2 new years!  We get the new year at the beginning the year in August or September.  But we also get the actual new year in January.  And honestly...I like the January new year better because I've already spent the time establishing routines and procedures.  We've already set up classroom expectations, and now we get to really focus on personal growth and development.
Celebrating New Year's Day in the classroom with goal setting sheet and a toast to the new year!
On our first day back, we talk a lot about resolutions and why it is important to continue to improve ourselves.
After our discussion, I have my students fill out this sheet for an academics, a behavior, and a personal resolution.
Celebrating New Year's Day in the classroom with goal setting sheet and a toast to the new year!

One of my favorite things to do that really makes this special is to have our own New Year's celebration!  I pick up some hats and party favors right after New Year's Eve to get them on sale!   I also pick up some sparkling grape juice and plastic champagne flutes.
Celebrating New Year's Day in the classroom with goal setting sheet and a toast to the new year!
At the end of the day, I find a video of the countdown and ball drop.
We all countdown, blow our party horns, and wish each other a Happy New Year!
I've even been known to play "Auld Lang Syne"
Then we grab our grape juice and toast to a fantastic year!
It's such a great way to start the second semester by focusing 
on how to improve ourselves!
What are some ways you start the new year in your classroom?





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