New Year Resolutions 2022 Goal Setting Handouts + 20 SEL Motivational Videos

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6th - 10th, Homeschool
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7 pages in NO PREP handout, 20 videos
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UPDATED New Year's Resolutions 2022 independent writing packet.

Help students develop Social-Emotional Learning skills and adjust to a changing world. 

  • Reflect on the challenges and successes of 2021.

  • Brainstorm things they want to do more of (and less of.) 

  • Brainstorm the "why" behind their goals for 2022.

  • Write a paragraph. 

I'm not charging for this best-selling product.

  • Or, after you teach this lesson, please come back and leave a review.

The optional welcome letter explains why New Year’s Resolutions matter. 

  • New Year Resolutions are more than simply achieving the resolution. 

  • It’s about improving our ability to bounce back (quicker) when we get knocked down. We call this resilience or perseverance.

  • There are two versions of the welcome letter. In one of the versions, I mention mental health and money. Use the version that works for you and your class. 

JANUARY 5, 2022: Important Covid Omicron Variant and Student Mental Health update

  • Normally, the paid slideshow costs $15.

  • SAVE $10 off the full paid SEOT Goal-Setting Slideshow resource.

  • I put the SEOT slideshow on sale to help students deal with obstacles and take advantage of opportunities.

  • Change is hard. Some of us are back on online learning again. There's no simple solution to building resilience. But learning how to "work smarter" might help us see how little steps can add up to success.

  • Little successes help to give us confidence so that when times are tough, we might be able to look back and say, well, I got through tough times before... maybe I can get through this too.

  • I want to get the handouts into as many hands as possible to help teachers support student mental health (through positive goal setting.)

  • Upgrade to the PAID version HERE.

NOTE: This free resource is part of the Educircles Goal Setting Bundle.

The File Table of Contents PDF (in the ZIP file) contains the links to get the Google Docs / Slides / Easel by TpT files.

  • NO PREP PDF handouts 

  • or, EDIT the Google Docs / Microsoft Word files. 

  • The online version lets students use Google Slides, Microsoft Powerpoint or Easel by TpT to fill in text boxes directly on the graphic organizer. 



  • Explain to students what HOW to work smarter, and not just harder.


  • Twenty Goal-Setting video lessons. Links in the File Table of Contents PDF 

  • In the FREE Who is Invisible lesson, students analyze these videos to explore who they are while thinking about which groups of people are invisible. Perfect to kick off Black History Month in February.

Setting goals is easy. Achieving them requires work... (sorry!)

WARNING! NOT EVERYTHING WORKS FOR EVERYONE ALL OF THE TIME! This product may not fit your style or needs!

A teacher left behind some very valid feedback about this product.

(I've included it here in the product description below to help you make an informed decision about whether this resource is right for you.)

Please have a read to look at the concerns.

Please also look at the links below to see if these goal-setting resources fit your personal style and classroom needs:

  • There is a motivational letter to students where I talk about how much money I've made since I've left teaching. (It's a real-world example of a goal I'm working on.) Although I've updated the letter to include more of the back story with mental health, you can see the original PDF here using this dropbox link.

If you have any questions about this product, feel free to email me at Mike@educircles.org

Here is a very valid 3-star review from Tiffany (Sep 18, 2021):

  • "I think this could have been a good resource, but it was overwhelming to try to figure out where I should click, what I even had, and where to begin.

  • I was a bit put off by the "I've made x amount of money since I quit my job" message.

  • Aside from that, I tried the initial goal-setting lesson with three different classes, ranged from 6th-9th grade, and they all nearly rioted.

  • I probably won't continue with this resource."

And, here is my response to Tiffany (Sep 18, 2021):

  • Hi Tiffany, thank you for coming back to leave an honest review. I appreciate it - it will help other teachers who are considering this product, and it helps me try to figure out how to make this product easier to use.

  • You definitely raise several good points. I agree. It can be overwhelming with all of the different files. I am working to simplify the process, but the piece I'd love to hear more about is the part about the students nearly rioting. If you had to guess, what was it that turned off your class from buying into the idea?

  • The reason why I ask is that in my experience with doing entrepreneurial adventures with Grade 7 and 8 students, I found that the idea of making money was a powerful hook - whether it be online or in other ways. I had found that many of my disengaged (male) students were hooked by the idea of making money online - which is why I tried that angle in the introduction letter here.

  • Clearly, that angle failed with you and your students, so I apologize!

  • When you tried the initial goal-setting lesson, are you talking about the SMART goal-setting slideshow? I would love to hear more about why you thought your students didn't buy-in.

  • I fully appreciate that you are super busy. In exchange for your email thoughts, I would happy to send you a $10 TpT gift card which you can use anywhere on the TpT marketplace.

  • If you're interested in telling me more, please email me at Mike@educircles.org I appreciate the review and I look forward to connecting with you if you are interested.

  • Cheers, Mike

If you have any questions about this product, feel free to email me at Mike@educircles.org


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“Version 2021-12-10” Keep It Simple, Silly! KISS update 

Version 2021-12-10 is a significant update to make this product easier to use. This version was published on TpT on Saturday, Dec 11, 2021.

Content changes:

  • Grammarly update to handouts.
  • Updated Welcome letter for New Year’s 2022. Two versions - one that mentions mental health and money stuff, and one that doesn’t.
  • Updated handout for 2022.
  • Changed the CHECK-IN blank handout to simply become a generic check-in. Removed language about distance learning to make it more general.
  • Removed the any-time version and distance-learning version to make things easier.

Keep It Simple, Silly! Changes:

I constantly update my products, but version numbers get very confusing. 

  • Instead of using version numbers (v3.0), I am now using the date (v2021-11-08)
  • The version number of any file is in the footer (underneath the page number)

I simplified the file names where possible. 

  • I removed the FILE 1, 2, 3a, 3b naming scheme. 
  • Files now have more descriptive prefixes: File Table of Contents - , Letter - , Handout - , Product Guide -

Added a File Table of Contents 

  • Includes direct links to the files you need for each lesson.

Other changes:

Updated Things to Know / Copyright / Credits section. 

  • Added contact information in case I made a copyright error.  

Updated READ ME FIRST file. 

  • I renamed it PRODUCT GUIDE (to differentiate from previous versions.)
  • The Table of Contents now shows page numbers (instead of links.)
  • I moved file screenshots into the product preview PDF.
  • I updated the ABOUT Educircles section, copyright, and credits.
  • Embedded the comic book font (Bangers) into the Microsoft Word and Powerpoint files so now you don’t need to install anything.

Other changes are available in the changelog (Product Guide.)

Total Pages
7 pages in NO PREP handout, 20 videos
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
3 days
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