Every year my school has a 'motto'. This year our motto is to 'set our goals and aim high'. To help the students set and track their goals, we are all using goal folders (student data folders) and I wanted to talk to you about how I implemented these in my room.
Since this is something that is brand new to my students I wanted to start off by talking with them about the importance of setting goals. Then, we talked about how we can have different types of goals (school goals and other goals). We worked together to brainstorm some goals that we have for school and then the students wrote them down. Then, I posted them in the hallway - the kids love seeing their goals out there!
Next, I revealed our 'goal folders' and made a big show about how amazing they were. The students couldn't wait to see them! The first page is just the cover page for each student. It was so cute how excited the kids were to write their names on this page! They couldn't wait to start setting goals and tracking their progress.
In reading the students will track three things: their reading level, their sight word knowledge and their oral reading fluency.
For their reading levels we use the benchmark assessments from Reading A-Z. As the students progress through the reading levels they color the corresponding book in their goal folder:
The next reading sheet tracks their sight word knowledge:
The final reading page tracks their oral reading fluency. We will not start this until January, but wanted to put it in the folders so that we would not have to add any pages in later.
Phew - the reading part is enough to keep me busy. But there is more! The math section has two parts: number bond fluency and addition/subtraction fluency.
We start our fluency practice off with number bonds instead of actual equations. I created number bond quizzes that are timed and once the student passes the quiz, they can color the corresponding number bond in their goal folder:
So those are our goal folders! What do you think? It seems overwhelming and time consuming, but once you get into a routine, everything runs smoothly. I really love these and truly see the benefit of having the students set goals and track their progress!
Need a way to get started? Here is the sight word tracking page that we use - just click on the picture to download it.
Do you use data folders in your classroom? I would love to hear about them!
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