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Positive resources to start 2021

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

Dear teacher,

On the threshold of 2021, may I set my intentions for a year which is healthy, happy and abundant. A year when we have more time to:

spend with the people we love;

slow down;

cultivate wonder;

be kind to ourselves and those around us;

nurture a sense of compassion;

be in nature;

experience "togetherness"

Thich Nhat Hanh said:

"Every child is born in the garden of humanity as a flower. Each flower differs from every other flower. There are many messages in our society that tell us, even when we’re young people, that there’s something wrong with us and that if we just buy the right product, or look a certain way, or have the right partner, that will fix it. As grown-ups, we can remind young people that they’re already beautiful as they are; they don’t have to be someone else."

So as teachers and/or parents may we always treat our students and/or children with love, respect and support.

Traditionally I create a calendar for the new year and this time I have designed one in which each month comes with a quote and mindful prompt. Hope this calendar will inspire you to be more reflective and embark on new personal adventures.

Download the calendar here

At the beginning of each year, I always plan a special lesson with my students when they reassess the previous year and set their new goals. In my FREE PRINTABLES page you can find the following materials:

Say Goodbye to 2020

How to create a Vision Board

Access the FREE resources here

Last but not least, many people kick start the year with a brand-new set of New Year's resolutions - losing those extra 2 pounds or taking up new hobbies. Sounds familiar? When I asked my students what goals they've set for 2021, most of them came up with the following:

* I am going to get higher grades this year

* I am going to study hard so that I can get a well-paid job

I know how important school is for our students but often because of "peer/parents" pressure, they tend to forget about other essential areas in their lives such as health, relationships or the community they live in. Inspired by Vishen Lakhiani's video- The Problem With Goal Setting, I have created a lesson plan which will help your students set their new goals. The lesson is appropriate for older teenagers and adults whose level is B2 +. During the lesson, the students will practise speaking, listening and writing skills and it will also provoke their creativity.

Get the lesson plan GOAL- SETTING here

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Until we meet again, be blessed

Marusya Price

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