"What's Your Word?" Student Word Goals for the New Year

Get the new year kick-started with a fresh take on goal-setting. Have each of your students create a word goal! It's a simple but powerful way to get students setting goals, like a super-focused New Year's Resolution. Plus, it's easy to come back to, revisit, reflect, and even revise later on in the year.

I now have two editions of my "Student Word Goals" resources to help you implement the idea fully. The original edition, shown below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Student-Word-Goals-for-the-New-Year-One-Word-Goals-New-Years-Resolutions-2020-3564971?utm_source=Blog%20Word%20Goals&utm_campaign=Word%20Goals%20Original

And the speech bubble edition, show below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Student-Word-Goals-Speech-Bubble-Edition-New-Years-Resolutions-2020-5093079?utm_source=Blog%20Word%20Goals&utm_campaign=Word%20Goals%20Speech%20Bubble

Here's how to use these resources...

Get started by explaining to students that they will choose a word for themselves, one that will help them focus on an area of their lives in which they want to improve or grow. For example, words like "organization," "grateful," and "confidence," might become a student's word goal.

Have students brainstorm several possibilities before choosing the word with which they'll move forward.


Once students have chosen their word, have them create a flip-up display to showcase their goal.

On the outside flap of the folded display sheet, students draw their word in a stylish, creative way. If age-appropriate, see if students can even draw their word in a way that actually portrays the meaning of the word. For example, for the word "balance," maybe students draw the letters of the word "balancing" on a scale.


On the inside of the display, students explain why they chose their word and give action steps or examples of how they might work toward their goal. If you're using the Speech Bubble Edition, add a photo cutout of the student below their display for a finished look!



Instead of drawing and writing by hand, you could also have students create a word-art piece using PowerPoint or Google Slides, and then type the details of their goal.

Set up a bulletin board to hang students' word goal displays. Use a catchy phrase like, "What's Your Word?" as the title to your board.


Both the original edition and the speech bubble edition of my Word Goal resources include bulletin board letters (in the cool fonts shown in the photos!) to print and cut out.


Showcasing students' word goal posters will serve as encouragement and reminders to students.


And the displays may even encourage others who view them to come up with their own word goals!


Follow up on students' word goals every couple of weeks or so, having them reflect on their word and update their progress toward their goal using these update booklets.


Also consider discussing and selecting a few whole-class word goals to display!

You can get the whole Original Edition of my Student Word Goals resource from my TpT store by clicking HERE, or click the picture below. Included in the resource:
  • What's My Word? student planning page
  • Student Word Goal flip-up display (3 versions)
    • Version 1: PDF (to print and have students draw their word)
    • Version 2: PowerPoint slide (to have students create their own word art)
    • Version 3: Google Slide (to have students create their own word art)
  • Student Word Goal "details" (reasons and action steps)
  • Bulletin Board letter templates for "What's Your Word?" board (2 sizes)
  • Word Goal Update Booklet
  • "Our Class Word Goals" sheet for whole class
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Student-Word-Goals-for-the-New-Year-One-Word-Goals-New-Years-Resolutions-2020-3564971?utm_source=Blog%20Word%20Goals&utm_campaign=Word%20Goals%20Original

Or for the Speech Bubble Edition of my Student Word Goals resource, click HERE or the picture below.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Student-Word-Goals-Speech-Bubble-Edition-New-Years-Resolutions-2020-5093079?utm_source=Blog%20Word%20Goals&utm_campaign=Word%20Goals%20Speech%20Bubble

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Get students setting focused, one-word goals for the new year! Like a New Year's resolution, but more powerful, simple, and with a cooler bulletin board. (The Thinker Builder)

Get students setting focused, one-word goals for the new year! Like a New Year's resolution, but more powerful, simple, and with a cooler bulletin board. (The Thinker Builder)