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Create SMART New Year's Resolutions

Learners (ages 12-16) will create SMART goals for the New Year that are (1) specific, (2) measurable, (3) achievable, (4) realistic and (5) time-bound. Let's practice writing skills and talk about goal-setting strategies in this lesson.
Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.
301 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 19 learners
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Learners will practice writing and goal-setting strategies.
Learners will transform resolutions for the New Year into SMART goals that are (1) specific, (2) measurable, (3) achievable, (4) realistic, and (5) time-bound.
Learners will clearly articulate a SMART goal with a clear purpose and target deadline for completion.
Learners will acquire SMART goal-setting tools for creating future goals.
I believe all students can experience success.  As a TED speaker, seasoned teacher, and teen leadership trainer, I empower youth with goal-setting strategies and peer leadership coaching. I equip teens and youth leadership teams with skills and tools to define their purpose, clarify their direction, and create powerful action plans with attainable goals.

My doctoral degree is in education. My teaching certifications include elementary education (K-8) as well as secondary (grades 7-12) communication arts, English, speech and theater, and science education. I have more than 30 years of teaching experience in traditional and online classrooms. Throughout my career, I have been an instructional coach, program director, and delivered professional development to teachers in rural, urban, and suburban schools.  As a student teaching supervisor, I equipped new teachers with creative interactive strategies and successful classroom management techniques I use as an instructor.

I am also a school assembly speaker and teen mental health advocate.  I equip youth and adults with skills to talk about tough topics like mental illness, bullying, substance abuse, and suicide prevention at schools and conferences throughout the country.  I teach communication skills that help youth and adults strengthen relationships, set appropriate boundaries, and resolve conflict. 

I am the author of an award-winning personal goal-setting book, Dreams to Action Trailblazer's Guide. Visit for more information.
1.	Complete the “My SMART Resolutions” worksheet
2.     Read your SMART goal or goals every day until you accomplish it.
3.	Visualize yourself accomplishing your goals throughout the day.
4.	Reflect on your progress and chart your progress towards your target or targets.
5.	Revise your action plans if needed.
 1 file available upon enrollment
* Print copy of the "My SMART Resolutions" worksheet * Pen or pencil
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Informal Assessment:  Class discussion, thumbs up / thumbs down, brainstorming, begin to complete the “My SMART Resolutions” worksheet in class, receive feedback and guidance from the teacher
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
These resources provided SOURCE MATERIAL for the curriculum and PowerPoint presentation used in class.  The materials below are not required to attend the class.
Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide (by Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, DRE)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers - Personal Workbook (by Sean Covey)

"7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,"
"How to Write SMART Personal Goals" by Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.


Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.
Lives in the United States
TED & School Assembly Speaker | Teacher | Author
301 total reviews
457 completed classes

About Me

My name is Dr. Julie Connor and I help children and teens write and speak in front of others with confidence. 

Students practice conversation and public speaking skills with an encouraging, enthusiastic teacher.  They will learn writing skills to... 
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