Are you in the habit of setting a resolution for the new year? As we begin 2015, it seems like an appropriate time to revisit the subject of goal setting. One way to approach this topic with your kiddos would be to look at existing IEP goals and progress. Allowing students to reflect on where they have been allows them (and you) to have a clearer vision of where they are going. If you used this form (or your own version) to discuss goal setting at the beginning of the year, now would be a good time to pull it out and review the goal as well as the progress they have made. If the student’s goal has changed since the beginning of the year, you could discuss why it changed and the new goal as well. It would also be a good time to allow the student to participate in their own progress report. While you are discussing goals and progress, you could allow the student to use this form to record their perception of how they are doing. This could be attached to the next progress report.
Another activity could be to talk about how goals and resolutions are similar but not exactly the same. This sheet could be used to guide students in making their own resolution. (If you need to redecorate your bulletin board, these sheets would also be good for that, too!)
What are your resolutions for the new year? How do you include student self-reflection within your therapy?