How about a fun and easy-to-use French New Year’s resolutions activity to use with your students?
I know starting back after winter break is always so stressful. There is so much to do, sunlight is scarce, and students have been home for weeks.
I like to ease back into teaching with a few activities that really help students regroup and get ready for the new year. These French New Year’s Resolutions for students are a fun and relaxing way to help students set goals and get ready to work hard. I usually do this the first day back before I start on our French winter vocabulary activities.
I’ve used these French New Year’s resolutions writing activities with middle school and high school students for years. They are a fun way to spend part of the first day back from break. I usually combine this with student self-evaluations that we do before conferences or in between semesters to really help students focus on school goals.
I’ve taught students who were very proficient in French as well as beginning French students, but I like to use a full-French version and provide the necessary support to my French beginners. It’s a great way to help them learn some practical vocabulary they won’t learn from a textbook! If you have beginners, they can simply write lists, so you don’t have to worry about grammar, conjugation, or anything too complicated!
Students really love setting goals and reflecting on the past year. Sometimes, they’ll let me put them up on the bulletin board, but I always ask first! Usually, we keep them in portfolios, because keeping them private really allows students to open up. If you have students for multiple years in a row, it’s really fun for them to look back at these a year (or two or three) later.
The variety of pages allows students to set broad resolutions or get more specific, and they absolutely love looking back at the past year! We have the most fun thinking about our favorite movies and songs, and students are always amazed when they think a song is really old but it only came out last February!