As regular readers know, I’ve used various types of student-goal setting strategies and forms over the years – some which have worked better than others (see Best Posts On Students Setting Goals).
This year, one of my classes is a pilot class to support Long-Term English Language Learners.
This week is the beginning of a new semester, and I had students identify a goal in each of their classes and create a simple plan for each. You can download the goal sheet here.
Here’s what it looks like:
SECOND SEMESTER GOALS
CLASS NAME: _______________________
ONE SPECIFIC GOAL FOR THAT CLASS: _______________________________________
TWO SPECIFIC ACTIONS I WILL TAKE TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL:
ONE THING THE TEACHER FOR THAT CLASS CAN DO TO SUPPORT ME ACHIEVE MY GOAL:
ONE THING MR. FERLAZZO CAN DO TO SUPPORT ME ACHIEVE MY GOAL FOR THIS CLASS:
ONE OBSTACLE/PROBLEM THAT MIGHT CAUSE ME TO GO “OFF-TRACK” & GET DISTRACTED FROM MY GOAL IN THIS CLASS:
IF THAT HAPPENS, ONE THING I CAN DO TO GET BACK ON-TRACK:
After students completed their sheets, we did a class rotation where they shared them with each other so they would be able to “steal” ideas. Then, they also made posters about them.
I made copies for each of their teachers, and then they glued them in the notebooks they use for daily retrieval practice. They’ll review their progress towards achieving each one every Friday. We did that for the first time yesterday and here are the instructions I posted:
At the bottom of each class section, please review your goal for that class and write how you are doing meeting your goal for that class.
My goal in Math was to stay off the phone. I did that everyday but one day.
My goal in Biology was to study more for the Friday test. I did study last night.
I think the whole process has gone fairly well so far.
Of course, we’ve got several months left in our school year….