As we start preparing to return to our classrooms, we fully understand that in some ways this is a completely fresh start. Once we get back to our classrooms, we need to start delineating our rules, our objectives and also our expectations. Granted most students have not forgotten completely what our classroom expectations are but still need to be reminded by clear communication. At the beginning of the year, we suggested that students have personal learning goals set. Check out our TeachHub article on setting goals, we provided a lesson plan along with a strategy and student forms where students can set up and work for their goals. If you have done this throughout the year thus far, then this would be a great time to assess what new strategies are needed to obtain that goal or identify a new one. If you have not, then a new year can mean a new beginning. Harness that spirit of renewal and help students focus on their goals once again. Make time for this in your first week back as it will help students re-connect with their own learning goals and help re-focus students on their academics!