12-31-2009 - MTFF: How Do You Make New Years Resolutions Stick?
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MTFF: How Do You Make New Years Resolutions Stick? Sent Thursday, December 31, 2009 
December 31st 2009
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A Note From Julie

Hi , Here we are at the end of another year; the end of another decade! Where has the time gone? We can look back with sadness, or we can look forward with anticipation. Everyone thinks of New Year's resolutions at this time of year; but few survive till February. There can be many reasons for this, but I would like to share one major step that tends to be missed, but is essential if you want those resolutions and goals to stick.
Reviewing the year  that is just finishing is vital to understanding how to set realistic goals for the future. This is no less true for our kids than it is for us. This weeks article looks at how you can help your teenager through this process to make sure those resolutions stick and give lots of opportunity for success.

I hope you enjoy this week's newsletter.

Wishing you a very happy New Year
Julie Baird
The Grade Coach


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    How to make New Years Resolutions Stick.

    For teenagers, time either seems to fly by or drag on forever. The last experience is the only memory they have. If the year ended on a high, then it doesn't matter what trials and tribulations occurred in November. Similarly if the end of the year brought bad grades, life becomes a disaster regardless of the sterling performance the rest of the year.

    Look back with your teen over the year. Use the opportunity (or excuse if you need it) to go through all the papers they have accumulated and organize them for future use. Collect every grade you can find and chart it out. (If your school uses an online grade sharing system then this is easy).Separate out each subject, then group tests, quizzes, labs, homework etc by type to get a really strong sense of how 2009 has gone. It is amazing when you do this, the learning points that come out

    Get your child involved, and help them draw the conclusions.

    Talk about how they felt the year went, what they felt went well and what they might want help or support with in the coming year.

    Stay objective and detached, take breaks if either of you gather your thoughts (or cool down!) 

    Agree some actions or goals they might want to set themselves for the New Year and discuss what you can do to help them.

    Try and get them to set goals that relate to what they can control, rather than trying to achieve a certain grade. For example, having a plan for each project, broken down into parts each with a deadline; having 100% of assignments handed in on time etc. That way they can see the progress they are making, rather than being dependent on a marking strategy. 

    Do this now, before schools starts back, because it is easier for you both to be neutral about the past year and positive about what is to come.

    Set the goals that support the kind of year your teenager wants to have, then make sure that tracking is done to make sure progress stays on track. 

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