Tracking goals has become a huge part of my classroom this year. Students have proven that they are more intrinsically motivated when they set goals for themselves and attempt to reach them. We set goals for everything and so far it has changed the look of my classroom.
What is a goal binder?
A goal binder is where we keep everything from our weekly goals to our data tracking sheets. We send it home each week so parents can see how kids are improving and the goals they are working towards.
We use a goal binder to keep track of all the goals. In our goal binder there is the following sheets:
- W.O.W. Goal tracking sheet (within one week)
- A fluency graph so that they can graph their cold, warm, and hot reads.
- A math, spelling, and vocabulary graph so that they can graph a goal score for their math test and then their actual score.
- A math test data sheet where they can write their pre-test and actual test scores and then track their improvement through each chapter.
- Sheets to keep track of our AR points for each quarter.
When do you go over these goals?
Every Friday, we create new goals for the next week, chart all of our tests that we took that week, and look at our progress. The binder is sent home for the parents to sign. The parents have really bought into the goal setting and help the students create strong goals!
We use Super Improver, a whole brain teaching idea, to keep track of our goals. Each time a student meets their goal they gain a “Super Improver Star”. Then, once they earn ten stars they move up on the Super Improver Wall. This system has been extremely intrinsically motivating for all my students.
Why do a goal binder?
It gives students a reason to take a test or learn something new. The goal binder motivates students and actually makes them think about what they are doing.
What are W.O.W. goals?
W.O.W. stands for Within One Week
We set these goals weekly. They can be goals that are academic, behavioral, social, emotional, etc. I sit with each kid and do a quick chat to create the goal and I make sure they make a goal that they can measure. We don’t focus on meeting the goal, but how they grew as they worked to reach that goal.
These goals give students a focus each week on how to make themselves and the classroom better.
Example W.O.W. goals!
Within one week…
- I will be able to do 10 addition facts in one minute.
- I will sit with three new friends at lunch.
- I will raise my hand 8/10 times that I answer a question.
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