goal setting

New Year, New Reading Goals

Students returned to school this past Monday, and our first day was all about goal setting with reading.  We will tackle writing goals in February since our focus will be extended writing pieces in February and March.


Quarterly Reading Goals

Our first layer of goal setting was to think about reading goals for the third quarter.  Students were asked to identify:

  • Reflect on how many books you read 2nd quarter (students enter their completed AND abandoned books on a Google Form housed in our Canvas course LMS); I downloaded the spreadsheet to Excel and then ran a “pretty” printout using the mail merge wizard in Word.  I printed these on yellow paper for the students to have and keep and to tally their reading).
  • Identify book titles, genres, or authors they’d like to read.
  • The total number of books they hope to read between now and March 11 (end of the 3rd quarter grading period).
  • How many books do you want to read in your moderate Lexile zone?
  • How many books do you want to read in your demanding Lexile zone?
  • What resources might you use to help you choose books and accomplish your reading goals?

Our students took a 2nd Lexile measure with the Scholastic SRI tool in December, and we can generate all kinds of reports for those assessments.  I created a report that showed each student’s current Lexile and their easy, moderate, and demanding Lexile bands.  I cut these into strips and gave them to the students on Monday to help them think about goals.  We then put the goal setting sheet and Lexile strip into a sheet protector (provided by me) and into their notebooks, which we cleaned, refreshed, and re-organized after we completed our goal setting.


Current Book Reading Bookmark Goal

Using the same reading goal bookmark template I blogged about last semester, I modified it and printed new ones for Quarter 3 on yellow paper.  Students then set a goal to finish their current independent read and how many pages to read per day.  Like last semester, I keep a basket of bookmarks, current quarter calendars, and calculators.


Current Read Book Ticket

I’m not quite sure where I will put them just yet, but students are completing “Current Read” book tickets this semester.  I just wanted an easy and colorful way to make our current reads visible and public.  I have some ideas for using the wall outside my room, but I’m still mulling my options.


January Calendar

I always have a big picture map in my mind of how a month of instruction will look, but because of our nonfiction book clubs, I felt I really needed to pin down what we’re doing day by day for the remainder of January so that students can stay on point with their literary nonfiction/memoir book club work and for us to finish the primary club work by January 31.  I tend to improvise instruction based on how students are responding, so it is often hard for me to stick to an exact planned instructional calendar, but I feel like we’ll be able to adhere to the calendar as is.  We reviewed these on Tuesday earlier this week and placed in sheet protectors in the front of our course binders.


Your Thoughts

How do you like to kick off the beginning of a new semester?

Steps to Success: Setting and Tracking 2nd Quarter Independent Reading Goals and Current Book Reading Goals

One of the struggles of trying to support independent reading in a 50 minute literacy block with guided instruction is helping student stay on track with their reading and having some measure of accountability so that we don’t come to the end of a nine week grading period without finishing a single book.  While some students excel at self-monitoring their reading progress, many struggle to be intentional in their thinking about how they might go about finishing a book or how they might strive to do more than one book in a nine week period.

At the beginning of our 2nd week grading period in mid-October, we took class time to do some reflections on our progress with independent reading and to think about goals we might have for the new 2nd nine week quarter.  We began by reviewing our green reading log and transferring completed AND abandoned reads over to this reading ladder graphic organizer.  Students also completed the purple reading goal setting sheet and placed it in a sheet protector (provided by me) along with the reader ladder to place in their binder near the front of their notebook.

The final step was to focus on the current book a student is reading.  You can watch the tutorial video I created for students who were absent here, but we used this awesome bookmark goal setting tool (and it can be customized!) to help students think about how and when they might finish a book and the steps to success to get there.  We took class time to do this, and I provided students a 2nd quarter calendar and calculators to support their goal setting; I keep these tools in baskets on my desk now so that students can get them whenever they start a new book.

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Students keep these in their binder (we are using this tool, part of the bookmark purchase on TPT), and I have taken advantage of the ability to modify the bookmark to come up with a slightly different version for my students:

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Finally, I am requiring students to complete a Google Form/survey I have housed in our assignment section of Canvas every time they abandon OR complete a book so that I can better track their activity as readers.  Since I have 10 Chromebooks in my classroom, computer access is never an issue for students.

We are now halfway through this grading period, so students completed a self-assessment of their goals last week.  I took the Google Form responses, downloaded them, ran a Mail Merge with Word, and then printed clean copies of their responses for students to go into their binders; I also recorded their self-assessment score as a summative assessment.

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Here is a sampler of some of the data from some of my classes:

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How do you go about monitoring student independent reading?  How do you help and encourage your students with goal setting for a grading period as well as for a specific book?

In my next post, I’ll share how we are doing book chats with our independent reading in Seesaw!