You made the decision to begin goal setting with your students and are thinking … now what? Where do I begin? How do I get my students started on their goal setting journey? My answer to these questions is with a student booklet. A student booklet guides you through the goal setting process. It provides the framework to walk your students through each of the seven steps of goal setting. Be sure to download your FREE copy of Goal Setting Student Booklets at the end of this post!
Goal Setting Example
I think the best way to demonstrate how to use student booklets is with an example. Let’s look at how Bobbie uses the one goal student booklet to set, track, assess, and reflect on his goal setting process.
Step One: Determine the Goal
Bobbie began with a piece of writing and two self-assessments.
After studying the piece of writing and self-assessment results, Bobbie identified three strengths, three areas to work on, and his goal: “My goal is to include 5 or more interesting words in my story.”
Step Two: Establish a Baseline
Once Bobbie decided to focus on interesting words in his writing, he looked back at his story, “Edward,” along with other pieces of writing in his writing folder. He identified that he included 1 or 2 interesting words in his stories. He used this as his baseline.
Step Three: Describe Success
Bobbie decided that if he has 5 or more interesting words in a story, he would be successful. After he achieves 5 or more interesting words in three of his stories, Bobbie will have met his goal.
Step Four: Focus on the Goal
In order to focus on increasing his use of interesting words, Bobbie identified three strategies he would use. He decided he would:
- Use words that put a picture in my mind.
- Ask his friend to count his interesting words.
- Ask his friend for ideas for interesting words.
Step Five: Track Progress
Bobbie decided he would count the number of interesting words in each story. He wrote this number down on the bottom of each of his story pages.
Step Six: Assess Achievement
Once Bobbie wrote three stories using 5 or more interesting words, he decided to assess his achievement.
Step Seven: Reflect on Goal
As Bobbie met his goal, he decided to focus on writing exciting opening sentences in his stories.
Student Booklets – 3 Options
Today’s freebie actually contains a set of three student booklets. The first booklet is for students who are focusing on one goal. The second booklet is for students focusing on two goals and the third booklet focuses on three goals.
Goal Setting Student Booklet Freebie!
Your Input Please!
Please take a minute and answer the following question in the comment section below: “How do you support students with the goal setting process? What type of resources do find particularly useful?” Thanks!
Next Article: How to Avoid 3 Pitfalls of Goal Setting
- Goal Setting Part 1: How To Set Goals With Your Primary Students
- Goal Setting Part 2: 100 Targeted Goals to Support Your Students
- Goal Setting Part 4: How to Avoid 3 Pitfalls of Goal Setting
- Goal Setting Part 5: 10 Useful Goal Setting Resources Bundle and a Link Up
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