I can't believe we are already into 2017! Time is just flying by! Now that we have returned from a long break hopefully everyone is feeling refreshed, revived, and ready to take-on a new year! In our middle level ELA class we have discussed the meaning of New Year's resolutions, why people make them, and why they are sometimes unsuccessful. One explanation was that people make them because it gives them something to work toward and focus on about themselves for a year. Students continued to explain that they people might not be successful with their goals because they fall back on bad habits and forget to follow-through...ultimately making changes can be challenging! Following this discussion the 6th-8th grade students set new personal reading goals (ones that felt attainable and meaningful). Each week they are asked to reflect upon their progress toward this goal...How are they doing? What resources might they need? What barriers might be in their way. When they feel they have met their goals, students will present evidence toward the goal and set a new goal.