We decided then and there that we all needed school year resolutions- just like the ones you make for New Year's. We each chose our goal and stated the steps we would take to meet those goals.
Here's an example: Matthew's resolution is to be more organized. The steps he plans to take are: Use study hall time to get rid of papers he no longer needs from his binder, Keep a backup folder for each class in his locker to hold important papers that he might need later, take his time writing and when putting papers into his binder ( can you tell that his binder was an atrocious hodge-podge of paper mess last year?).
My plan for later on today is to get those goals and steps down on paper. I'll make a copy for him to keep in his binder (in a sheet protector) and one for home. We plan to revisit our goals in a month and evaluate whether the steps we're taking are working or not. We'll make adjustments if necessary.
I think this will be a fun tradition for us to begin. You're welcome to join us and let us know if you're making any school year resolutions!