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Reflect, celebrate and look ahead

Take some time to reflect, celebrate and look ahead as you kick off the new year!


Spend some time reflecting with your child about these or other similar questions:

  • Do I see patterns in my work so far this year?
  • Were there skills/strategies I used that worked well? Didn’t work well?
  • How did my mindset impact my learning?
  • What strengths did I see in myself?
  • What challenges did I face this semester?
  • How can I tackle those challenges for next semester?


Consider celebrating something from each of these categories.  Let your child brainstorm what he/she is proud of and also share what you have noticed.

  • Area of growth
  • Area of challenge 
  • Area where you overcame “hard”
  • A time you kept trying

Look ahead

Use these questions to begin discussing plans and goals.

  • What do you want life to look like by the end of the year?
  • What do you want to be able to do that you can’t do now?
  • How would you like to grow between now and then?
  • If you could accomplish anything (big or small) what would it be?
  • How would you like to grow as an individual?  As a student?