But it will be my responsibility to smile and inspire. I pledge to tame those twitching thumbs!
To do that, I am going to show students this short motivational video:
I will ask the kiddos to write down three goals in their writer's notebook. Then, I will ask them to choose the one that will make them the most happy. Typically, students write things like "get an A in math" or "make the basketball team." Next, they'll write down a list of all the things they can do to achieve that goal. When they finish the list, I will tell them to pick one thing that they can do today to get closer to their goal. For example, if Kevin wants to get an A in math, he will have to do homework; if somebody wants to make a team, practice is in order.
Their challenge is to keep that one thing in mind all day, and actually tell other people they are going to do it, without giving away their ultimate goal (that is private). By completing that one thing, they will be taking a small step toward achieving their goal. Reaching a big goal seems much less daunting when a small manageable step can get you closer to it!
All of this will only take a few minutes, after which we will all write (me included!) an inspiring poem entitled, My Time to Fly; the template is free at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autobiographical-and-Inspiring-Poetry-Writing-My-Place-to-Fly
If I have time, before school I'll make every student a fortune cookie (email me for the recipe if you'd like it) and it will be a great day back!
May the new year bring you many "angel-singing" meatball days!