First, I want my students to visualize what kind of student they want to be. This will help them start to form their own ideas for goals. Even if students don’t verbalize their feelings and opinions of your “high achieving” students, they notice who they are. So, why not access those perceptions and help them become a “high achieving” student, or at least a “higher” student? Students will choose four adjective (examples: smart, engaged, curious, active) to describe the kind of student they want to be.
The page I designed for goal setting is based on S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals. The statements are open-ended so that they can be used for a variety of reading or math goals. At my school, there are weekly reading and math assessments, so we are starting with those.
The tracking sheets are designed for short term goal tracking (4 weeks) and longer term (9 weeks). Since I am introducing goal setting to my students, we are going to track our scores for 4 weeks first. I want most students to be able to achieve their goal quickly, so they are ready to set new ones.
I’ve also designed You Did It! certificates for each content area, so you can reward your goal achieving superstars! They’ll love it!