Happy New Year 2015!
New year - new goals - new resource for your kiddos! I've been planning this resource in my head for quite awhile now. I knew I wanted my 3rd graders to learn to make goals and have strategies to achieve those goals. I knew I wanted it to be easy enough for 2nd and 3rd graders, but complete enough for 4th and 5th graders. So, I created Smarty Pants Smart Goals.
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!
I'm excited to get S.M.A.R.T. goals started in my classroom next week. I hope you will consider setting goals with your kiddos. If this resource looks like something you could use to get started - check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers.