Goals are so important. I feel like I am always setting goals for myself. I think teachers do this all the time!! What am I working on ? What are my goals for school today? How can I teach better? How did that lesson go? What should I do to reach the struggling student? How can I reach the student child who seems to know everything? Making goals helps me be more organized and focused. I also feel great when I accomplish something! So it does make sense to have student be part of this process too.
Goal Setting With Students
Last year I shared with you my Writing Goals board above. I created another sheet to use for the fall below.These are the writing goals we are working on right now.
This summer I read this book How to Assess While You Teach Math by Dana Islas. I LOVED this book. Dana shared some great math lessons and shared how she gets her students involved in the assessment process. I loved how she had her students make math goal. Dana also send home the goal sheet so parents can see what their child is working on. I know in kindergarten kids are learning what math is! This book encouraged me to have students set math goals! I strongly recommend this book. It also comes with a video of some of the lessons.
|Dana suggested reading this book to help kids learn about what goals are! Love that!!!|
Here are the math goals we are working on. If you look on the sheet above Solving Problems could also be word problems. I am taking a class on algebraic thinking and some of the work is posing problems like is 2+3=4+1. When first posing this kind of problem is 2 plus 3 the same as 4 plus 1 there was a lot of confusing looks but the kids are getting it! The focus is explaining your thinking and sharing why or why not you think this is true. From these group discussions I have learned a lot about what some kids know about math. I have also seen kids really confused but then learning from our discussions and applying some of the strategies we have talked about.
I do use the CAFE board when doing Daily 5. Eventually, the kids put their name on a Post-it and stick it under the category they are working on. I decided to make a sheet that had specific goals to reading time. I think this is a good way of making explicit what readers are working on and it's something they can put in their portfolios for self- reflection.