Sunday, January 12, 2014

Goal Setting in the New Year

Hi all!  Hope everyone adjusted well to be back in school after vacation!

Like most of you, we spent this week doing some reflection and goal setting for the new year.  At our school, we set goals three times a year.  In the beginning of the year, I try to use my baseline assessments to guide students to write their goals.  Now that we've been together for a while, I release the responsibility for goal setting to the students.

To set their goals, I held conferences with each student and reviewed their portfolios.  In math, the students complete their own item analysis after each topic test.  They use their data to write a compliment and a goal for the upcoming topic.

 Students looked at their work and selected a new goal for the middle of the school year. You can see that this student used his benchmark test to set his middle of year goal.  (After he set the goal, I helped him elaborate and create an action plan for the goal.)
These forms were created by my school.  All students have these forms in their portfolios.

In ELA, students reviewed a Unit Test and their two writing pieces to determine a goal for the middle of the year.

This student used the goal I noted after reading his narrative to set his goal for the middle of the year.

For myself, I'm not a big goal setter.  I set a few professional goals in September to assist myself in the new evaluation system, but most of my personal goals are fitness based.  I'm registered for a 10k and a triathlon.  Right now, I'm trying to clean up my diet!

Did your students set some new goals for the New Year?  And how about you?  Did you set any goals for 2014?


  1. I love how organized you are with goal setting in the classroom. This is something I need to work on more with my 4th graders. One of my personal goals is fitness too. 10k and a triathlon....I am impressed. I just had a baby a few weeks ago so one of my personal goals is to get back to my pre-baby weight. I have a few more weeks and then my maternity leave is over. I guess I should start exercising and give blogging a little break! ;-)

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  2. I really like that reflection sheet you have used/created! The one where there is a compliment and then a next step. I think I might use something like this with my kids! Thanks for sharing

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